Free school to be built on Upper Norwood playing fields
A new primary free school is set to be built on playing fields.
Advance School, scheduled to open in September 2014 with an intake of 90 pupils a year, is planned for the Green Lane sports ground in Highbury Avenue, Upper Norwood.
It founders had initially planned to convert disused charity offices in London Road, Norbury, but proposals for a purpose-built school, which will teach children aged four to 11, have now gone out to public consultation instead.
Russell King, lead founder, said: "We will be building from scratch which means that we can ensure that everything is designed to support our pupils, our values and our ethos.
"We are only taking a small proportion of the field, so the site will still have a large amount of open space for our pupils to enjoy which will support the extra PE and sports that we have built into our curriculum."
He said most of the playing fields, which are owned by Croydon Council, would remain open to the public.
The school - approved by the Department for Education in May but not yet granted planning permission by the council - will hold consultation meetings at 12pm-3pm on Thursday October 3 and 6pm-9pm on Tuesday October 15 to hear residents' views on the plans.
Free schools are run by not-for-profit organisations, funded directly by central Government and free from council control. Two other free schools - secondary Harris Invictus and primary Paxton Academy Sports and Science - are also set to open in Croydon North next year.
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