Public consultation: new primary school in Wood Wharf district

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Read the consultation document here.

All responses should be email to school.organisation@towerhamlets.gov.uk before 5pm, Friday 19 March 2021.


The local authority (London Borough of Tower Hamlets) has a legal duty to ensure there are enough school places for all local children. Work to meet this duty is undertaken by the Pupil Access and School Sufficiency Service in the Council’s Education and Partnerships Division.

Where additional school places are required in areas of the borough experiencing new housing and therefore population growth, the local authority works closely with local schools to manage the demand.

When the demand for local places cannot be met by existing schools or where large-scale residential housing developments, require the need for a new school, the local authority will commission the new school and seek a “proposer” to run it on our behalf.

The local authority has been working alongside the developer and its planning departments to identify the education impact of the new housing development in the Wood Wharf district of Canary Wharf. As a result, the local authority has identified the need to create a new primary school to meet the anticipated need for new school places. The new primary school is especially needed to meet the schooling requirements of families moving into the new housing, as outlined below, and should not therefore adversely affect pupil numbers at other local schools.

This public consultation is the first part of the process for the local authority to establish the new primary school at Wood Wharf and will be run from Friday 19 February to Friday 19 March 2021.

Read the consultation document here.

All responses should be email to school.organisation@towerhamlets.gov.uk before 5pm, Friday 19 March 2021.


The local authority (London Borough of Tower Hamlets) has a legal duty to ensure there are enough school places for all local children. Work to meet this duty is undertaken by the Pupil Access and School Sufficiency Service in the Council’s Education and Partnerships Division.

Where additional school places are required in areas of the borough experiencing new housing and therefore population growth, the local authority works closely with local schools to manage the demand.

When the demand for local places cannot be met by existing schools or where large-scale residential housing developments, require the need for a new school, the local authority will commission the new school and seek a “proposer” to run it on our behalf.

The local authority has been working alongside the developer and its planning departments to identify the education impact of the new housing development in the Wood Wharf district of Canary Wharf. As a result, the local authority has identified the need to create a new primary school to meet the anticipated need for new school places. The new primary school is especially needed to meet the schooling requirements of families moving into the new housing, as outlined below, and should not therefore adversely affect pupil numbers at other local schools.

This public consultation is the first part of the process for the local authority to establish the new primary school at Wood Wharf and will be run from Friday 19 February to Friday 19 March 2021.

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