Plans for more primary school places

Published: Wednesday 30th November 11

As the number of children in Wandsworth continues to rise the council is consulting on plans to expand six local primary schools.

The aim is meet growing demand and to give local parents greater choice over where their children go to school.

The proposal is to increase the capacity of Riversdale, West Hill, Hillbrook, Smallwood, Swaffield, and Penwortham Primary Schools by 210 pupils each - a total of 1260 new places.

If the schemes go ahead each school would take in an additional 30 pupil reception class from September 2012. The school rolls would then rise gradually each year until all seven year groups include an extra class.

The schools earmarked for expansion are located in areas where demand for places is projected to outpace the existing supply.

For more information and to find out how the school sites will be developed click on the name of the school below and download the consultation document.
To have your say on the plans either return the consultation document to the address provided or email

  • Riversdale Primary School - Southfields Ward
  • West Hill Primary School - Southfields Ward
  • Hillbrook Primary School - Tooting Ward
  • Smallwood Primary School - Tooting Ward
  • Penwortham Primary School - Furzedown Ward
  • Swaffield Primary School - Wandsworth Common Ward

The feedback received will help determine whether the schemes go ahead or if changes need to be made before formal planning applications are submitted.

Wandsworth Council's schools spokesman Cllr Kathy Tracey said:

"Wandsworth is an extremely popular place to bring up children and the demands on our school system continue to rise. These plans are the latest phase of our primary school investment programme which is increasing capacity where it is needed most.

"Our aim is to give parents as much choice as possible when it comes to selecting a school for their children."

Wandsworth Council has recently unveiled plans to convert the long-disused Putney Hospital into a new state primary school.  The new school would have enough space for 420 primary places.

Ofsted has awarded Wandsworth Council the maximum four star rating for the quality of its entire range of children's services for the past seven years. Only two other local authorities in England have received the same consistently high score over the same period.

More than a third of Wandsworth's schools are currently rated "outstanding" by Ofsted. A total of 30 out of 80 local schools have been awarded this top rating and the council has set itself a target of raising that proportion to 50 per cent within two years.

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