John Biggs, Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, visited Bow School this week to speak to staff and see progress being made on the school's new building.
Building works are under way at the school with the new premises slated for opening in September 2014. When works are complete the school plans to expand entry to girls and open a new Sixth Form.
Bow School's building work was funded by the last Labour Government’s Building Schools for the Future programme. But the Tory Lib Dem Government reforms have made building new schools significantly harder.
This has lead to increasing concern from parents about the shortage of school places in Tower Hamlets and a decline this year in the number of pupils getting their first preference school – or any of their top school choices.
John Biggs said today:
“It was great to see progress on the new Bow School building which will provided much needed additional school places in Tower Hamlets.
“Instead of prioritising land and council focus on projects like a new Town Hall, the Mayor should be prioritising solutions to the school places crisis.
“The Labour Party in Tower Hamlets is focused on working in partnership with parents and schools to develop new solutions which work for residents such as cooperative models and expanding current schools to new sites.”