David's House Notes

20th October 2017

The issue of school places is a familiar one to this column. We are fortunate to have a number of outstanding secondary schools in the area but it has long been a struggle for all local pupils to get a place.

In recent years, we have seen progress with existing schools expanding and the Reach School being established. This September saw another step forward with Croxley Danes opening its doors for the first time.

I say 'opening its doors' but, strictly speaking, it was opening the doors of its sister school, St Clement Danes. For its first year, pupils at Croxley Danes will be based at the Chorleywood school before the Baldwins Lane site is opened in September 2018.

As it happened, I visited St Clement Danes a few days after the beginning of term to address its speech day. It was an excellent opportunity to learn how both schools were coping with the management and building challenges.

Pleasingly academic results continued to be strong at St Clement Danes, with applications very high for Croxley Danes. The prospects for both schools look strong.

I am conscious that there are those opposed to building a new school in Baldwins Lane and that the disruption of a school on their doorstep is an unhappy prospect, notwithstanding the likely boost to house prices. But more school places are needed and there is no site that would be without controversy.

Getting Croxley Danes up and running has not been a simple task and there have been many times where it looked as if the project could have collapsed. Dr Valentine and her team have done remarkably well to deliver on this and I hope and expect the future generations of parents and pupils will be grateful.

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