Merton seeks residents’ views on Dundonald school expansion

Merton Council is asking residents local to Dundonald Primary school for their views on the proposed expansion of the school.

The deadline for responses is Tuesday 28 June. To take part in the consultation, residents should visit the council website http://www.merton.gov.uk/schoolsconsultations.htm for information on the proposed expansion. Alternatively, they can complete the consultation form which the council has sent to all households in the vicinity of the school. Consultation forms are also available from the Civic Centre.

An expansion would mean that Dundonald Primary School is able to educate an additional 30 children per year from the local area. The school is currently a one-form entry school, admitting up to 30 pupils in one class per year – 210 pupils in total.

Part of the proposals for the school expansion is a new two-storey building to replace the existing park pavilion. This will provide additional and improved school facilities, including a large hall that will be available out of school hours for the community to use as well as brand new pavilion facilities available to the public at all times.

Reflecting the situation in much of the UK, and especially London, Merton is experiencing increasing demand for primary school places across the borough. The continuing school expansion programme will provide greater opportunity for more children in Merton to be educated near their home.

Merton Council cabinet member for education Councillor Peter Walker said: “We are determined to offer the best education available to our young people. Education turns lives around and we want to give children in Merton the best possible start in life. Dundonald Primary School provides top quality education and is continually oversubscribed. The proposed expansion would ensure that more local children will be educated in the school of their choice and close to their home.

“I appreciate there may be concerns about preserving Dundonald Park. I want to reassure residents that none of the plans would compromise the park. We are adamant that Dundonald Park will be preserved for future generations to enjoy.”

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