Brent’s Liberal Democrat Councillors have welcomed the extensive progress made on the new Ark Academy in Wembley. With the hoardings around the building coming down, local people can see the progress made.
After several years of planning and active support by the previous Liberal Democrat-led administration, the ambitious new building in Bridge Road is rapidly taking shape.
While the primary school has already been operating in temporary buildings, this September will see the first admission of Year 7 classes to the school – effectively the launch of the traditional Secondary element – in prestigious new buildings.
Specialising in Maths and Citizenship, the Academy team are aiming to ensure that every pupil gains the skills, knowledge and qualifications needed to either continue into higher education, or to directly pursue their career on leaving.
The much needed local school has been built despite opposition from Labour MP for the area Barry Gardiner, and a number of Conservative councillors – all of whom lost their seats in the recent local elections.
Brent Liberal Democrat Opposition Leader, Councillor Paul Lorber comments:
“Four years ago, we decided to tackle head on a crisis in the number of school places available in Brent. Increasingly it was a matter not of whether parents could get the school of their choice, but whether they could get their children into a local school at all.
“So it’s great to finally see the new buildings taking shape as a result of our firm decisions and leadership. The Ark Academy will not just provide much-needed places for Brent schoolchildren, but also broaden the education offer available in Brent. I hope the project’s critics can now see the clear benefits it will deliver. I am also confident that the Academy will play its full part in improving further on the best ever GCSE results in Brent which were attained last year.”