It has proved really difficult to find out what is going on regarding the proposed move of Islamia Primary School to the Strathcona site in Preston ward. The informal consultation finished in November and there has not been a whisper about the results leaving parents and the community in the dark. I submitted a Freedom of Information request to Brent Council and as you can see the response still gives no details of the results of the consultation but does say the Islamia Governing Board and the Council are working togather to 'consider mitigations measures'. What they are mitigating remains a secret.
The Council also fails to answer the question about the opening date of Islamia on the new site. As statutory consultation has not yet started the original date, negotiated with the Yusuf Islam Foundation looks most unlikely as either complete demolition and new build, or partial refurbishment and a new block, were proposed for the site.
This is the formal response to the FoI:
Details of the outcome of the public consultation on the proposed move of Islamia Primary School that was completed in November 2022.
The informal consultation that ran until November 2022 was managed by the Governing Board of Islamia Primary School. The responses and the concerns raised have been considered by the Governing Board and the Governing Board has been working with the local authority to consider mitigation measures. At this point in time, the Governing Board has not made a decision to proceed to statutory consultation.
2. Update on when the school will move and operate on its new site
(previously proposed for September 2024).
Operation of Islamia Primary School from the proposed Strathcona site will depend on the timing and outcome of the statutory process to relocate the school and the completion of required capital investment works, should a decision be made following any statutory consultation to proceed with the relocation.
3. Update on any statutory consultation.
Statutory Consultation will be managed by the Governing Board of Islamia Primary School.
As well as the above FoI I submitted an additional FoI to Islamia Primary School itself on May 11th, This is due to be answered by June 9th.
Please provide the following information:
1.The outcome of the consultation on the proposed move of Islamia Primary School to the Strathcona site to open in September 2024 and copies of the breakdown of the consultation result.
2. Copies of all correspondence with the Yusuf Islam Foundation and Brent Council regarding the eviction notice on the school and the subsequent search for alternative premises, survey/s of the Strathcona site and refurbishment/new build proposals.
3. Up to date information on the current pupil numbers in the school by year group.
4. Current pupil mobility rates by year group since September 2022.