Westminster City Council has announced that it has found a new permanent home for Marylebone Boys’ School in the heart of Paddington.
The council has been working with the Education Funding Agency to identify a site for the new free school, which was founded in early 2014 after the Secretary of State for Education confirmed his support.
Marylebone Boys’ School accepted its first intake of 120 Year 7 pupils in September 2014. It has been housed in a temporary site in Kilburn while Westminster City Council and the Education Funding Agency worked on finding it a permanent home.
The school will move into its new home with an intake of 480 pupils. The eventual student population will be 840, including a mixed sixth form.
As well as providing a new permanent home for the school, the development in Paddington Basin will also deliver around 190 new homes, a quarter of which will be affordable. A Pentecostal church currently situated on the site will be relocated as part of the scheme.
Headteacher Richard Ardron said: "We are delighted that Westminster City Council and the Education Funding Agency have worked tirelessly to secure a first class site for the school and we look forward to working in partnership with them as they build our new school. The new purpose-built premises will enable us to build a long-term future for pupils in Westminster."
The Leader of Westminster City Council, Cllr Philippa Roe, said: "We have worked closely with the Education Funding Agency to find a permanent home for Marylebone Boys’ School, and are now looking forward to seeing this exciting new building delivered in the heart of Paddington. The school will add to the already excellent education facilities that Westminster offers, providing a high-quality learning environment for local pupils and helping to meet the future need for secondary school places. In addition to providing for local pupils, this scheme will also contribute to the wider regeneration of Paddington Basin, which is fast becoming a thriving destination in its own right."
The new development will be in close proximity to the outdoor amphitheatre at Paddington Central and the planned new public garden at the Paddington Exchange development. Several major companies are also headquartered nearby.
The plan is for the school to open on the site in September 2017, subject to planning approval and the appointment of a development partner. The procurement process for a development partner has now taken place and an announcement on the selected partner will be made in the coming weeks.