School's plans chime with vision for docks

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The creation of a secondary school in Silvertown will feed into the wider ambitions for the re-birth of the Royal Docks as a knowledge cluster, say its backers.

Oasis Community Learning and Britannia Village Primary School have joined forces to unveil proposals for the Oasis Academy Silvertown, set to open its doors to a cohort of 120 Year Seven pupils in September 2014.

The school will cater for children aged 11 to 16 and follow the National Curriculum.

The project has also attracted the support of Lord Mawson - the man behind the radical transformation of Tower Hamlets school St Paul's.

Oasis founder Steve Chalke said: "Oasis' goal is to create an outstanding community secondary school in Silvertown which will offer an excellent education and many opportunities for students and their families.

"We look forward to working with Britannia Village Primary School to make their long-held dream of providing continuity of education for local children a reality."

A number of possible locations for the school are currently under consideration, with negotiations between the local authority and the Department for Education still ongoing.

Serial social entrepreneur Lord Mawson said the "exciting and important" project would receive the backing of both Water City CIC, an enterprise which strives to make use of east London's water heritage for economic and social benefits, and Andrew Mawson Partnerships.

He said: "We will work with Oasis and the Britannia Village Primary School to ensure the success and quality of the new school and its integration into the wider economic opportunities in the Royal Docks.

"This would form part of a wider Water City programme seeking to maximise the potential of the redevelopment of the Royal Docks, particularly for the benefit of the community."

Linda-May Bingham, headteacher of Britannia Village Primary School, added: "This will be a place where young people and those working with them, feel that there is genuinely no better place to learn, grow and work."

A series of consultation events have been planned.

The first took place on Wednesday with others following on November 21 and December 11.

Go to oasisacademysilvertown.org for more information.

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