Barry Gardiner MP has now received confirmation from the Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Mr Brandon Lewis MP, that the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government is actively considering calling-in the planning application for the expansion of Byron Court Primary School following a request from Mr Gardiner earlier this month.
Today, many schoolchildren in Brent will find out which Secondary School they have been offered a place at. Unfortunately, there is currently a severe shortage of school places in the Borough and many families may find that their child has not been offered a place at the school that they had hoped for.
On 14th March 2015 Barry wrote to Brent Council to share his concerns and echo those of Brent residents about plans to push ahead with a major expansion of Byron Court Primary School that might result in massive traffic problems in the area.
On 6th March 2014 Barry was delighted to join Team Ignite of Claremont High School for an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party to raise funds for the Wings of Hope charity.
On 7th October 2013 Barry was honoured to be invited to address an assembly at Kingsbury High School in support of the 'Send My Friend to School' campaign.
On 9th October 2012 Barry helped pupils at Oliver Goldsmith Primary School in Kingsbury to celebrate World School Milk Day.
Headteacher Jeremy Waxman and the inspirational Annette Woodrow who organised the event
On 12th July 2012 Barry visited Kingsbury High School in Brent to meet with students and teachers as part of the school's Olympics welcoming celebrations. Barry shared the schoolchildren's excitement about the coming of the Games and congratulated Jai Padhiar on being selected as an Olympic torchbearer and the school for being invited to take part in the Guard of Honour being formed to welcome the Olympic athletes to the Olympic village.
Between 25th May and 1st June 2012 Barry awarded special commemorative certificates to pupils of Sudbury Primary School, Byron Court Primary School, Barham Primary School, Oliver Goldsmith Primary School, Preston Manor Primary School, Park Lane Primary School, Ark Academy, Kingsbury Green Primary School, Buxlow Primary School, Roe Green Primary School and Wembley Primary School To celebrate Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
On 19th March 2012 Barry welcomed Year 9 students from Claremont High School to Parliament for a tour of the Parliamentary Estate. The students had the unique opportunity to see Westminster Hall at its most splendid as Parliament prepared for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee speech.