Private secondary school to open on disused college site

Friday, 1st November 2019 — By Tom Foot


At The Maida Vale School: from left, Mike Priestman NatWest, Theo Brehony and Jessen Chen from MVS, and Steve Rengger from NatWest

A PRIVATE secondary school is set to open on a former City of Westminster College site.

The Gardener Schools Group is moving into the building in Saltram Crescent, Maida Vale, which has been unused for the past seven years.

The new facility, The Maida Vale School, will have space for 600 pupils aged between 11 and 18, and will have 40 classrooms, recreational spaces and a roof terrace for sixth-form students.

The first batch of pupils is expected in September 2020.

Sophie Hill, business development manager, said: “Six years ago we opened the first senior school for 11- to 18-year-olds in London. There was such a high demand for more, we knew we needed to invest in a second site and the former college campus in Maida Vale was perfect for this.”

Originally, Paddington Technical Institute, City of Westminster College celebrated its centenary in 2004. It started off in Saltram Crescent but moved out of the building there into a modern facility in Paddington Green in 2011.

The building is to be refurbished from a “traditional school building into a state-of-the-art learning environment for our pupils” following a “seven-figure funding” from NatWest.

The schools group was set up by headmistress Maria Gardener in 1991.

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