Garfield Primary School to grow by one class

Merton Council has given the go-ahead for Garfield Primary School to provide an extra reception class for 30 pupils this September and for September 2013.

There are no plans to permanently expand the school, but this temporary measure will ensure more parents are able to educate their children at a local school while longer-term plans are being considered.

Beecholme, Pelham and Poplar primary schools will also be providing an extra class this September to meet increased demand for local school places.

The council is progressing its permanent expansion projects across the borough, with new buildings already completed at Wimbledon Chase, Holy Trinity C of E and St. Thomas of Canterbury RC schools. Further permanent expansion projects are due to be completed this September at All Saints C of E, Aragon, Benedict, Gorringe Park, Hollymount, Joseph Hood, Liberty and Singlegate Primary Schools.

Merton Council cabinet member for education Councillor Peter Walker said: “This is good news for parents in this area of Wimbledon. Like many London boroughs, we are experiencing unprecedented demand for school places, and this is one way we can reassure parents that we will be able to provide their children with education local to where they live.”