Parents in our neighbourhood may be among those getting ‘first dibs’ on places at Wimbledon’s proposed new co-ed secondary school, according to the results of a consultation by school operators the Harris Federation.
Haydons Road Station, High Path and Colliers Wood are likely to be the three ‘nodal points’ that will help decide whether a child will get a place at the not-yet-built Harris Wimbledon academy school.
The proposed (controversial) site for the new school is High Path, next to Merton Abbey Primary School. But pupils will spend their first couple of years at a temporary site in Wimbledon Chase while the new-build (which still has to pass a number of hurdles before approval) is constructed, adding complications to entry requirements.
Catchment for existing state schools in the borough is measured from the school site, but because the High Path site won’t be operational until at least September 2020, there has been some debate about how to calculate proximity for potential pupils.
Consultation on the matter has just been published, and it recommends the three ‘nodal points’ as listed above for measurement of eligibility of applications to the school.
Harris had previously favoured Wimbledon Park Primary School, Merton Abbey Primary and Wimbledon Chase Primary as nodal points.