A one site, local solution for Pinner Wood School from September

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The Issue:

The closure of Pinner Wood School on the 23rd of March means that 600 Pinner children are without an education until after Easter. From the summer term our children (some just 4 years old) are being bussed to the other side of Harrow - where our outstanding school will be split between two other school sites. None of these sites are local to us.

We accept that this is the best short term solution that our exceptional Head and Governors have been able to secure at such short notice. We send our thanks to Whitefriars School for opening their doors to us, for standing shoulder to shoulder with their neighbours in their time of need. After Easter Pinner Wood is "business as usual", but at two separate sites.

However, we as parents want a local, one site solution from September. 

Pinner Wood is an outstanding school that sits in the middle of a vibrant, thriving community. More than that, we are an exceptional environment for children to flourish. A place where children of all races, nationalities and beliefs, work side by side in an atmosphere of respect, kindness, understanding and tolerance. Our children academically excel in this unique environment.

The impact that this closure will have on our children, our staff and our lives is immense. Not only from an educational perspective, this closure will impact the community we all live in, affect our livelihoods and all of our well-being. The impact on families, working parents, local businesses, the local infrastructure and Pinner as a whole, is incalculable.

We, the parents of Pinner Wood School want:

·      From September, we, as pupils and parents want a one site local solution for our outstanding school.

·      Harrow Council to commit to fixing our existing site as quickly as possible so our exceptional school can continue to serve the local community. There is no cost:benefit analysis in this equation.  Securing the existence of our exceptional school is priceless. Building a new school on a new site will not serve the children that currently attend Pinner Wood School or the community.

The Solution:

We are asking you all to work together on the following solutions:

1.   There is a solution within 5 minutes walking distance of our school. Northwood School has capacity to take all our 600 children, together. Whether this be in their brand new, tax payer funded building, or as a pop up school on their old site. So far they have not opened their doors to us. Because they are an academy, they have the option to stay no. Hillingdon Council have also stated that this is a Harrow problem. We don’t live in a community with invisible walls. We are neighbours, with many Hillingdon children attending our school.

Northwood School, would want our outstanding children to be their future outstanding pupils.

We are asking you all – Harrow Council, Hillingdon Council and our local MPs, to work with them to reconsider their decision. To open their school to their nearest neighbours in our greatest time of need. To work together to enable our outstanding school to continue to thrive, which in turn will enable Northwood School to also become an exceptional school. As two schools, which serve the same community, we can work together for each other’s mutual benefit. We are asking you to put bureaucracy, and local authority borders aside. We are asking you all to come together as a community to find us a temporary, local, one site solution from September.

2.   To concurrently explore our other options with all stakeholders:

a.    A pop up portacabin/shipping container school on local green space such as Montesole Playing Fields

b. To urgently survey the green space on our existing site to understand the feasibility for a pop up school to be situated there.

b.    Other vacant local schools that can house us all together.

c.    Harrow Arts Centre - we know there are multiple stakeholders who have service contracts at this site, but for the good of the wider community these stakeholders can surely be moved elsewhere.

 3.   To commit as a council to quickly fix our existing site. This is without doubt, the best long term option for the future of our outstanding school and community.  Harrow Council have already invested in the expansion of our school; this investment should be considered when any decisions are being made.

 We urge you, Harrow Council, Hillingdon Council, Nick Hurd MP, Boris Johnson MP and the Major of London to support our campaign to get a local, one site solution from September for our outstanding school of 600 children. We also ask you for your support in fixing our existing site as quickly as possible, so our outstanding school can continue to be a beacon of education, tolerance, respect and kindness in our vibrant, local community.

The Friends of Pinner Wood School on behalf of the Parents of Pinner Wood School

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