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Council leader opens Oak Wood School in Hillingdon

News release: 2/2/18 - Hillingdon Council has invested £9.7 million to rebuild and expand Oak Wood School, formerly Abbotsfield School, which will provide 1,350 secondary school places in the borough.

Leader opens Oak Wood School

Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council and Boris Johnson, MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, officially opened the new school on Friday 2 February. The pair unveiled a plaque in the school's entrance hall.

The school building includes new state-of-the-art classrooms, modern learning spaces and ICT suites, a large library, purpose built drama and music areas, a four court sports hall, dance studio and external sports courts. There is new furniture and IT equipment throughout.  

The co-educational school will offer specialist provision for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, and the council has also invested an additional £2.5 million to provide a vocational training centre on-site. 

The school expansion was funded by the council and the government's Priority Schools Programme fund.

Leader of Hillingdon Council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot, is a former pupil of Abbotsfield School. Speaking at the official opening, he 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. 

"This investment will in part repay the debt that I and generations of local boys owed to Abbotsfield School, but more importantly ensure that many future generations of local boys and girls can benefit from the Oak Wood experience in years to come." 

Oak Wood School After thanking Cllr Puddifoot for steering Hillingdon to success over the past 19 years, Boris Johnson said: "When you have one of the fastest expanding populations, like Hillingdon, you need bigger and better schools. That's why it's such a pleasure to see what the council and everybody responsible for the school has been able to do - to produce this fantastic, wonderful, brand spanking new Oak Wood School. Many congratulations to everyone involved."

Mr Johnson also praised the school, saying he had formed an impression of a "very happy, energetic place that was really going places."

The expansion work is part of the council's ambitious £260 million primary and secondary school building programme, which is one of the largest in London. The programme will meet demand for school places as the local population continues to grow.

For more information on Hillingdon Council's school building and expansion programme visit School improvements

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