The foundations for the new Croxley Danes School are finally being laid as a new crop of students move in to their makeshift home on Tolpits Lane.
The school held its first open event by welcoming more than 1,000 parents and pupils through the doors and head teacher Stephen Thompson outlined the plans for the school which will, from 2020, be housed in its purpose built, state of the art building in Baldwins Lane.
Currently the school is using the site of the former Reach Free School, following a £250,000 refurbishment over the summer, and will move in its new home sometime in 2020.
Mr Thompson said: “Our students are looking forward to being the first to step foot in our new school and we look forward to becoming truly part of the community in Croxley Green when we move in during 2020.
“The students currently in Year 6 will be amongst the first to enjoy the fantastic facilities which we will be able to offer at our permanent site. It is a truly exciting time to be joining the school.”
St Clement Danes School, an outstanding, oversubscribed school in Chorleywood, has acted as a blueprint for the new school and its former Headteacher, Dr Josephine Valentine, a National Leader in Education, is now the CEO of the Danes Educational Trust.
The opening of Croxley Danes School addresses a substantial shortfall in secondary places for 2017. The permanent site for the school is at the bottom of Baldwins Lane in Croxley Green, opposite the parade of shops just before the viaduct.