Extra class at outstanding primary to beat the pressure for places

One of Camden’s most popular schools, Emmanuel Church of England Primary, will open its doors to an extra class of 30 reception pupils in September 2012 to beat the growing pressure for places.

The move comes as demand for primary school places is growing locally and nationally.

With applications for primary places in Camden up on last year, the Council has acted quickly to meet the needs of families living in the north west of the borough.

Councillor Larraine Revah, Camden’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Families, said: “We acted swiftly to make sure we could meet the needs of families in this area after monitoring demand for primary school places. This is great news for families in north west Camden.

“We are grateful to Emmanuel CofE Primary School for opening up their doors to the wider community. It is a popular, outstanding school that will now create an extra 30 places - regardless of the children’s faith. It shows a great sense of community spirit, which will benefit local families in the area at a time when pressure for primary places is soaring.”

Father Jonathan Kester, Chair of Governors at Emmanuel Primary, in Mill Lane, West Hampstead, said: “Our new £8 million school building opens in September and will be significantly under-occupied until the school fills up from the reception upwards. As such, the building would be like a new hospital opening without all the wards in action.

“We fully believe in supporting genuine need in our local community. There is real pressure for primary school places in our area and we are delighted to be able to step in and welcome an additional class of 30 local children into our school in 2012.

“We have taken very careful advice and feel that this parallel extra class for the intake of September 2012 will bring many extra opportunities. It will ensure that Emmanuel School fully and inclusively serves the community of West Hampstead in this time of genuine need for school places and anxiety for parents.”

Notes to editor:

* These extra 30 places have been created at Emmanuel CofE Primary School, from September, as a special ‘bulge’ class to meet local demand.

* In addition, a long-planned expansion of Emmanuel CofE Primary School, and an £8 million investment in a new building, will allow the school to increase its current intake of just 15 reception pupils per year to 30 from September 2012.

* 18 April 2012 is 'offer day', when primary school places are allocated across Camden and other London boroughs.

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