Jan 17 2013 by Ian Proctor, Harrow Observer
A DILAPIDATED primary school could be re-built to bring it up to standard and meet the demand for places, if the project gets the go ahead.
Plans have been lodged with Harrow Council to redevelop Marlborough Primary School in Marlborough Hill because it is one of seven schools being permanently expanded to cope with growing demand for places in the borough.
To avoid any closures and minimise disruption, the existing buildings would be demolished in three stages to allow the construction of an L-shaped part two and part three-storey replacement.
Chairman of governors Kevin Ward told the Observer: “Like many schools in the borough, it’s fairly old and it’s falling apart. The heating system needs replacing and we only have single-glazed windows. It’s a challenge for the teachers to deliver the curriculum in that situation.
“While we could have paid to refurbish the accommodation, we didn’t want to throw good money after bad.
“There’s a large demand for school places in the central area and Marlborough was identified for expansion at the time we were looking to improve the school and we’ve managed to meld the two together.”
Pupil numbers will rise from 420 to a capacity 630 in 2018 and, if approved by the planning committee, the children would enjoy new playgrounds and covered play areas, a sports hall and an outdoor multi- use games area boasting landscaped spectator seating, though no floodlights, as well as an outdoor amphitheatre.
Mr Ward said: “In terms of footprint, it’s a smaller building than we have at present but with the extra floors we will have more space and more outside space and we are planning to use that new space more efficiently.
“We are very excited and the staff and pupils are looking forward to working in such a great new environment. In general, the plan has been received very positively.”
The funding for the rebuild will come in part from the Department for Education’s Priority Schools Building Programme, of which eight schools in Harrow will be beneficiaries.