Canary Wharf College ’s executive principal says getting the go-ahead for a second school site is “good news for the borough as a whole”.
Sarah Counter has been at the helm of the free school in East Ferry Road since its creation in 2011.
Back then, it opened the doors to a cohort of 60 young learners in Reception, Year One and Year Two and roll the clock forward to 2015, now accommodates 280 primary school pupils and was six times over-subscribed.
At a meeting of Tower Hamlets Development Committee in December the authority gave planning permission to transform a patch of land near the junction of Glenworth Avenue and Saunders Ness Road on the Isle of Dogs .
The derelict plot behind the former police station on Manchester Road will now house Canary Wharf College Glenworth.
This opened in a temporary facility in September 2014 for 100 children aged four to 11, and will eventually accommodate 280 pupils until aged 11.
Sarah said: “It’s very exciting,
“I think one of the greatest things about the school is we have been able to bring money into the borough for the education of children just by being able to found the school.
“We have received money to pick the land to build the school on - we found the plot a while ago, but it took us a while to be able to secure the land ourselves.
“We are looking forward to building a new school similar to the one on East Ferry Road.”
When work is completed on the site in spring 2017, the Glenworth cohort will be the first to step foot in the permanent premises.
The east Londoners currently study the same curriculum as those as the original sister school, with three hours of sport a week.
They can also take part in its array of extra-day activities which run until 5pm.
These include dance class and chess club and cost, Sarah said, “the price of a cup of Costa coffee.”
She added: “The second school was five times oversubscribed per pupil place in September and our admissions are done through the council.
“Clearly there’s parental demand - and we all know there’s a massive shortage of school places in Tower Hamlets and on the Isle of Dogs, it is particularly acute due to both the building that is on the cards and the ones being built.”
A spokesperson for Tower Hamlets Council said: “We have some of the best schools in the country in Tower Hamlets, and we are committed to ensuring that our young people also benefit from choice in their educational journey.
“The new school will provide additional places in an area of high demands, new community facilities and 50 permanent jobs.
“We are pleased that the design is also in keeping with the local environment.”