Forest Gate Community School set for expansion

Headteacher Simon Elliott outside Forest Gate Community School

Headteacher Simon Elliott outside Forest Gate Community School - Credit: Archant

Forest Gate Community School is set to expand to cater for an additional 300 pupils.

Extra space will be created through a refurbishment of the Forest Lane, Forest Gate school’s interior.

The plans will see it go from having seven forms of entry to nine – rising to a total of 1,350 pupils – starting with the Year 7 admission in September 2019.

Headteacher Simon Elliott said “The proposed extension to the school will address an urgent need for high quality school places in the borough.

“Among our many achievements, I am most proud that disadvantaged pupils do better than non-disadvantaged pupils at other schools.

“We have been able to deliver life-changing opportunities for young people who often come from challenging backgrounds.

“This extension means the school will be able to support even more families in our wonderfully diverse community.”

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Both planning consent and mayoral approval still need to be gained before any work can go ahead.