Merton Council was given the green light today to proceed with the much needed expansion of Dundonald Primary School in Wimbledon, as the court of appeal dismissed the last remaining legal challenge.
The decision to allow building work to start comes after a lengthy judicial process which has led to delays in enabling the school, rated outstanding by Ofsted, to open its doors to 30 more children per year living close by, making 210 new places in total.
The school will benefit from the required extra classrooms and new hall. For the recreation ground there will be a new replacement pavilion, three new tennis courts and a new public children’s play area. The rose garden will remain as it is, as will the large expanse of grass enjoyed by people wanting to spend their leisure time at the recreation ground.
Merton Council cabinet member for education Councillor Martin Whelton said: “We are delighted with the judge’s decision to allow us to provide more school places at the outstanding Dundonald School. We were only able to offer places to pupils living within 106 metres of the school this year. We will now be able to make sure many more children will be able to have a great start to their education at one of our best schools.
“We hope for work to start shortly and will keep residents in the surrounding roads and parents up to date on what is happening with regards to the works. I welcome the expansion and look forward to seeing the opening of new school and community facilities in the months to come.”