Elliott School – Have Your Say

Two further consultation sessions on proposals to fund refurbishment of Elliott School

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Local people will get a further chance to have their say, look at proposals and discuss them with council and school staff on Thursday 17th (5pm -8pm) & Saturday 19th May (10am - 1pm).

Residents can submit comments as part of an ongoing consultation process. The closing date for the consultation on the disposal of part of the school site designated as playing fields is May 25.

Elliott School is a grade II listed building,and is in need of urgent and extensive refurbishment to bring it up to the standard required for a modern school. The council says that without the work, the school will become increasingly unusable.

Previous remodelling plans had to be abandoned following the end of the Building Schools for the Future programme. The council, following discussions with Elliott Trust, proposes to release of a section of the school site designated as playing fields.

The proceeds from the disposal are required to fund the much-needed rebuilding and refurbishment project, in order to secure the future of the buildings and of the school. The disposed portion of the site will be used for high-quality housing, designed to be in keeping with the area.

The council says it recognises the historical importance of the building and the remodelling project will be carried out in consultation with English Heritage.

From September 2012 it is intended that the school will become ARK Putney Academy - a non-denominational, non-selective school open to all local children. Headteacher Mark Phillips, who has successfully raised standards at Elliott, will continue as its principal.

For more about the proposals and consultation arrangements, plus answers to frequently asked questions, visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/arkputneyacademy.

April 26, 2012