When Ealing Fields High School was opened in 2016 the intention was that the school would move into the permanent site after two years and the temporary accommodation at Wyke Gardens was planned on this basis. However, due to the delay in getting the lease for the permanent site finalised (in April 2017) and despite the best efforts of the Trust, the ESFA and the contractors, the permanent building is unlikely to be ready for occupation until September 2020. In the meantime, there will be a need to admit two more year groups of 120 pupils in 2018 and 2019 to meet local demand for places.
AECOM on behalf of the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) are now submitting a full planning application to Ealing Council seeking temporary planning permission for the retention of the current school buildings on the site at Wyke Gardens, Hanwell, London plus the installation of a third two storey temporary modular unit with associated hardstanding. This is for a temporary period until August 2020.
Whilst we are aware this is not an ideal situation, we are confident that we can ensure this additional accommodation provides not just additional space for the additional year groups but better facilities for specialist teaching and a more conducive learning environment for those pupils who have already been in the temporary buildings to date.