Step towards school move

Plans to move Ilford Jewish Primary School to a new building next to King Solomon High in Barkingside advanced this week.

A Redbridge Council cabinet committee meeting on Tuesday recommended that council officers be given permission to negotiate with the primary school owners, a United Synagogue trust, to buy the IJPS site.

IJPS governors’ chair Daniel Carmel-Brown was “delighted that the local authority are keen to pursue the option to acquire the IJPS site. We hope it will enable us and our colleagues at King Solomon to achieve our aspirations for the campus. This is the one opportunity we will have to relocate it in this generation.”

However, negotiations were still at an early stage. “This is very much the beginning of a process and there are a number of financial, legal and planning challenges to overcome.”

The voluntary-aided IJPS has 250 pupils.

    Last updated: 10:09am, August 18 2009