Pimlico Academy is to expand to include its own primary school on-site. Future received initial approval from the Department for Education in October 2011 to open ‘Pimlico Primary’ under their Free Schools programme. Planning Permission was granted yesterday by Westminster Council; work on site will begin in October 2012 and the Primary will open its doors to Reception pupils next September.
Pimlico Primary will provide much needed places for 60 children per annum, making the Academy South Westminster’s first all-through state school. Pupils at the non-denominational Primary will be guaranteed a place at Pimlico Academy.
Caroline Nash, Chair of the Board of Governors, said, “We are delighted that Westminster Council has granted permission for our Primary school. By opening Pimlico Primary we can make a real difference to the life chances of children in South Westminster.”
Annaliese Briggs, Principal Designate of Pimlico Primary, commented, “This is excellent news for the many local families who have been demanding increased provision in high quality education. I will be contacting everyone who has expressed an interest in sending their child to Pimlico Primary and look forward to welcoming our new pupils in Reception in September 2013.”
Pupils will enjoy the newest facilities at Pimlico Primary and will have access to the many excellent facilities at Pimlico Academy including an auditorium, all weather sports pitch, library and science labs.
Jerry Collins, Principal of Pimlico Academy, said, “We are excited about the prospect of Pimlico Academy becoming an all-through school, enabling us to provide an exceptionally high standard of education from a child’s first day in Reception all the way through to 18. Pupils at the Primary will follow a coherent knowledge-led curriculum, facilitating a smooth progression from year to year. Through its focus on knowledge and sequential learning, they will have the strongest preparation for learning and achievement in the Secondary phase at Pimlico Academy.”
Westminster City Council is now receiving applications from parents for the academic year 2013. This includes applications for places at Pimlico Primary.
Date added: Wednesday 12th September 2012