View plans for free school

Published: Wednesday 27th April 11

Outline plans for converting the disused Bolingbroke Hospital site into a new state secondary school for local children will go up on public display at the beginning of next month.

Two consultation sessions will be held at Chatham Hall on Wednesday May 4 from 6.30pm to 8pm, and at Northcote Library on Saturday May 7 from 10am to 1pm. Anyone interested will be able to inspect the designs and find out more about the project.

Earlier this year the council bought the derelict hospital building from NHS Wandsworth.

The proposal is to lease the building to ARK Schools, an education charity and leading academy operator. The local parents' group that successfully lobbied for the school, the Neighbourhood School Campaign, has chosen ARK to manage its transformation into the new Bolingbroke Academy and then to run the academy.

ARK runs eight successful academies of which six are in London and will open two further academies this September.

The proposed Bolingbroke Academy would be open to local children of all abilities and backgrounds. Admissions will be co-ordinated by the council and will be subject to the same legislation as other maintained schools.

The council is keen to work with local parents, teachers and others to set up new free schools. To find out more, email


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