Education Secretary, the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, has announced the approval of proposals for ARK primary academies in North Westminster and North Hammersmith.
In Hammersmith the local parent group has identified a potential site in the former Wormholt Library in North Hammersmith. ARK Schools and Hammersmith Council will now undertake a detailed feasibility study with a view to admitting the first pupils in September 2011.
In Westminster ARK Schools is working with the council and local parents on the feasibility of potential sites, and is committed to admitting pupils in 2011.
Both academies will be open to local pupils of all abilities and be non-denominational, mixed schools. ARK Schools Primary Director, Sophy Blakeway, commented: "We are delighted to have passed the first stage in developing these two new primary academies. It's great news for local children and their parents who have campaigned hard for extra school places. We look forward to creating two outstanding primary schools." Coverage:
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