1 March 2018: 12:10 pm
New school on target
A secondary school planned as part of the regeneration of High Path is due to open in September 2020.
Harris Academy Wimbledon will form part of the Harris Federation school's charity, which already has three academies in Merton, comprising two secondary and one primary school; there are currently 44 open Harris academies, educating 32,000 students in and around London.
Once finished, it will also provide a community facility for the evenings and school holidays including a multi-use games area, a sports hall, activity, drama and music studios and other resources.
New school performance tables published by the Department for Education place the Harris Federation as the top performing large multi-academy trust (MAT) in England.
With a 'well above average' progress score of +0.54 across the Federation, Harris academies outperformed any other local authority group for pupil progress.
Joanne Larizadeh, principal of Harris Academy Wimbledon said: "It's incredibly exciting to be a part of Harris Academy Wimbledon from the very outset; our brand-new academy building will be opening in the High Path area in 2020.
"From the conversations I've been having at our open evening sessions with local parents, families and carers, there’s huge enthusiasm for the academy and we have already received over 200 applications.
"The academy itself will be up and running from Whatley Avenue - our well-resourced temporary home for the first two years – from this September, with places for our first 120 students."