New term for secondary school
by Natalie Vincent Tue 27 February 2018, 4:45 pm
Ray Puddifoot, leader of Hillingdon Council, and Boris Johnson, MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, officially opened Oak Wood School on 2 February, unveiling a plaque in the entrance hall.
Formerly known as Abbotsfield School, which was attended by Puddifoot, Oak Wood will provide 1,350 secondary school places in the borough.
The building includes updated classrooms, modern learning spaces and ICT suites, a library, drama and music areas, a four-court sports hall, dance studio and external sports courts.
The co-educational school will offer specialist provision for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, with the council investing an additional £2.5 million to provide a vocational training centre on-site.
Puddifoot said: "It was clear some years ago that the Abbotsfield School building was in need of replacement, and as leader of the council I was able to be part of the team that ensured that sufficient finding was made available to completely rebuild the school."
The expansion work is part of the council's £260 million primary and secondary school building programme, one of the largest in London.