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Plans for new free school on former green belt site revealed

 Published on: 14th February 2014   |   By: The Newsdesk   |   Category:

A Chorleywood school will submit a bid to the Department for Education for a new free school on horse field off Baldwins Lane, My Croxley News can reveal. Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) has confirmed to this title that St Clement Danes School will formulate a trust, then submit a bid to set up a state funded school in the village. In order to deal with a projected shortfall in school places around Watford, HCC has held discussions with owners of the site, TfL and Rousebarn Investments Company Ltd, with the intention to build a school. St Clement Danes School has now said that HCC approached its head teacher, Dr Josephine Valentine, to lead an application for a new secondary school. It is intended to open in September 2016, with an initial intake of 180 pupils (six forms of entry). Dr Valentine, who is a National leader of education, said: “There is an urgent need for more school places and the only way to solve this is to build another school.  We understand that parents will be looking for the best teachers, the best facilities and the best opportunities for their children. We will use our expertise to deliver a high-performing secondary school at the heart of the community.” The St Clements Dane head and other leading figures on the project will meet with junior school parents and other interested parties over the next two months. Local parents have been given until April 30 to register an interest in the new school, evidence which will be included in presentations to the Department for Education. Dr Valentine added: “We are asking parents of current Year three and four pupils to complete a simple form registering their interest in The Croxley Green Secondary School.  This is not a binding commitment and they will, of course, be free to apply for any school when it is their time for secondary transfer in 2016 or 2017.” Croxley Green Residents’ Association chairman Barry Grant told My Croxley News that the development was a “forgone conclusion”. He said: “It is very interesting that this has happened but not surprising at all. This has been happening around the area for a long time, green belt sites are cheap and convenient to be used as a make way.” He added: “It appears there is nothing left to build on in the village other than green belt.” What do you make of the plans? Email adam@mynewsmag.co.uk

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