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College and Council Move Forward with New School Plans

Friday 7 December 2012

Residents, staff and students at Richmond upon Thames College will be asked to have their say on proposals to establish a new centre of educational excellence on the Egerton Road site, including a new secondary school.

This announcement follows agreement in principle from the College governors and Council on initial proposals considering the future shape of the college provision, a new secondary school, new improved community resources and exploring the possibility of new purpose built accommodation for the Clarendon School.

Earlier this year, a feasibility study was commissioned to consider options available for the Egerton Road site, including future improvements to college buildings and the investigation of a new school which will meet future increases in demand for secondary school places. The aim would be to have the new secondary school by 2017.

David Ansell, Richmond upon Thames College Principal, said:
"We shall be consulting with students, parents, staff and the local community over the development of the Egerton Road site and the future vision for the College. We are commencing a consultation process where we will be presenting initial plans for the site over the next few weeks. We expect that the consultation period will continue to March 2013 with a final decision being made by Easter.

"The feasibility study not only considered a new post-16 educational centre of excellence that will benefit the whole of Richmond upon Thames, but also considered how the College and the Council can work together to make the best use of the site by creating a high quality secondary school."

Lord True, Leader of Richmond Council, added:

"We have been working on ideas for co-operating with the College for 18 months as part of our planned strategy for local education improvement, although before the feasibility study was completed it was not possible to commit to this publicly.

" We can now do so in this exciting announcement. The Borough will invest large sums in parallel to commitment by the College. We believe the proposals will bring major benefits to the College and to secondary age children alike via an entirely new secondary school. We are delighted to be working closely on this innovative proposal with Richmond upon Thames College - a great institution and centre of excellence of lasting importance to our Borough and the diversity of education within it."

Details regarding the consultation will be released shortly.

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