Richmond Council

It has long since been an ambition for Richmond Council to create a new secondary school in the borough. The Local Authority’s projections make clear that there will be sufficient need for an additional secondary school in the Twickenham area by 2017.

This is a result of the number of additional primary school places that have been created in the Twickenham and Whitton areas. In addition, places will be required to meet anticipated demand caused by high birth rates and large numbers of families moving to the area. One of the reasons for this is the consistently excellent primary schools and the three housing developments at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham Station and the former Royal Mail sorting office site.

In addition, the Campus will also help realise another ambition to provide new, purpose built buildings for pupils with learning difficulties and additional complex needs. The existing Clarendon School is located at the western extreme of the borough, with relatively difficult public transport routes. The current building is no longer fit for purpose and around 90% of the current students already transition to the College post-16. Being located on the same site will enable a state-of-the-art facility and help ensure that pupils’ transition is successful.

What will the partners bring to the project?