Elliott School consultation
Published: Tuesday 28th February 12
People living near Putney’s Elliott School will be invited to comment on plans to upgrade the building and secure its long term future.
Proposals are being jointly worked up by the school governors, Wandsworth Council and education charity ARK Schools to remodel Elliott and convert it into an academy from September.
A multi-million pound building project will upgrade the grade II listed building and create new sports facilities. It is proposed that funding comes from disposing of part of the school grounds.
Previous remodelling plans had to be abandoned following the end of the last government's Building Schools for the Future project. Governors, the council and ARK believe that disposing of part of the playing fields is the only way to fund this vital work to the standard required by English Heritage. Without it, the building will become increasingly unusable.
The consultation will go ahead if the proposal to change the use of the playing fields is agreed by a meeting of the council's Executive on March 1. Local people will then have ten term-time weeks to have their say before an application is made to the Department for Education. The closing date of the consultation will be 24 May.
There will be a further chance to comment later this year on subsequent planning applications for the school, including the provision of temporary accommodation for the school to move into this December.
Cabinet member for Education and Children's Services, Cllr Kathy Tracey, said: "We are delighted to be working with ARK Schools and the school governors. This is a terrific opportunity to carry out much needed improvements to this grade II listed building and secure the future of the school."
The proposal will be discussed at a meeting of the council's Finance and Corporate Resources Committee on February 29. View the agenda item at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/elliottproposal.