Plan for new primary free school in Tooting

Labour Councillors are backing proposals for a brand new primary school that would be run as a free school sponsored by the hugely popular and successful Graveney School.

The new school would be based in Franciscan Road and would open in September 2013. It would be located in the former school building, now known as the Professional Centre, that has been used for many years as a training centre for teachers and to house a number of educational services.

The new school would admit 60 pupils into two reception classes each year, eventually creating places for 420 children in total, covering an age range from four to 11.

The school would be run as an educational trust in partnership with Graveney School, which has for many years been one of the borough’s highest performing secondary schools and is widely recognised as one of England’s best state schools. The new school would be overseen by Graveney but would have its own headteacher and primary phase teachers

The proposals are designed to meet rising demand from parents for primary school places in Tooting.

In order for the plans to move forward and the new school to become a reality, local parents will need to show they support the idea.

Parents are now being urged to register their views by taking part in a survey of local needs organised by Graveney. The deadline for registering these views is Friday, February 24, 2012.

Parents who support the plans are being asked to complete the brief online survey at or return a copy of the questionnaire that’s contained in a leaflet outlining details of the new school that is now circulating throughout Tooting. Copies of the leaflet are available at Tooting Library and at nurseries and playgroups in the area.

Parents can also email responses to or write to Graveney School, Welham Road, Tooting, London SW17 9BU.

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Author: Wandsworth Labour

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