New School Receives the Keys to Its Permanent Site
Mosaic Jewish Primary School (MJPS) has this week taken a significant step forward in its move to a permanent home at 170 Roehampton Lane, SW15 with the receipt of the keys from Wandsworth Council. Subject to planning permission MJPS which opened (in temporary accommodation) in September 2013, plans to move to a new purpose build two-form entry school by September 2015.
Pictured – Tunde Ogbe – Wandsworth Borough Council, David Kelin – vice-chair of governors, Shirley Lee – chair of governors and Kate Baum – head teacher
The school which currently caters for 30 pupils a year in its temporary accommodation will expand to ultimately provide places for up to 420 children from the local area. Half of its pupils will be of the Jewish faith while half will have other faithsand beliefs or none.
The school’s permanent site is very well placed on Roehampton Lane and MJPS adds further to an established and successful group of schools. MJPS will provide families with a greater choice and help meet increased demand for school places resulting from a number of new residential developments in Roehampton, for example the Queen Mary’s Place and Emerald Square developments. The children living in these hundreds of new residencies will further contribute to Wandsworth’s expected shortage of school places.
The new site at 170 Roehampton Lane is known locally as Hartfield House. It is a large two storeyred brick building. It stands within well landscaped grounds ideal for the development of an innovative and creative outdoor play and learning space. The new school will incorporate this impressive building as well as developing excellent newly built facilities for a two-form entry school.
Head teacher Kate Baum comments, “We are extremely fortunate to have secured such a lovely site for a new London school. We have enjoyed such a wonderful start in our first year at MJPS and our current and prospective families are eager to see the school grow and develop into its new purpose-built home.”
Shirley Lee Chair of Governors comments, “The school has already enjoyed many enquiries from families attracted by the school’s ethos and inclusive model of inviting 50% of children of all faiths, beliefs and none to attend this school. The exciting plans for our brand new school premises and its excellent location are proving even more attractive to pupils from areas where there is a shortage of school places. Families in Putney and Barnes and further a field in Wimbledon, Richmond and areas on either side of the A3 are keen to hear more about our new site.”