APSoL is set to open in Wandsworth in September 2020 / A Escola Anglo-Portuguesa de Londres abre em Wandsworth em Setembro de 2020

The Anglo-Portuguese School of London (APSoL), which was granted approval by the Department for Education to progress to the ‘pre-opening phase’ in 2016, has announced that a site has been secured in Wandsworth. The school is now on track to welcome its first pupils in September 2020, subject to any statutory approvals required.

It is proposed that APSoL, the first school in England to provide a bilingual curriculum in English and in Portuguese, will occupy a building in the West of South Thames College (STC) in Wandsworth High Street, London SW18 2PP. This will be extensively remodelled to create a separate cutting-edge, exceptionally spacious and bright learning environment featuring a multi-use games area, sheltered informal play areas and tiered play decks.

The school intends to open in September 2020 with two Reception classes in a zoned off, secure Early Years space on the ground floor. Discussions are also in progress with the Department about approving a separate nursery provision in its own area of the building.

Lead Proposer for the school, Regina Duarte PhD, Director of the Camões Institute and the Attaché for Educational and Cultural Affairs at the Portuguese Embassy in the UK, says:

“Following this significant milestone, the Trust and Project Team are working hard to develop plans for the remodelling of this phenomenal site, appoint staff for the first year, and finalise the education plans and policies. APSoL will have high expectations of all pupils and will deliver a broad and balanced dual-language curriculum, dividing the main subjects between English and Portuguese to immerse the pupils in both. Pupils will learn to communicate fluently in two of the five most spoken languages globally, while also acquiring the skills necessary to cooperate, learn, and interact with each other and the world. Enrichment and co-curricular activities will provide opportunities for all pupils to foster their abilities and interests.”   

The new primary school has already received a huge amount of interest from communities in a wide area of South and West London. It will open further consultation on its plans during September 2019 and intends to open for applications for Reception Year places in November 2019.

To register your interest in a Reception place for September 2020, please visit https://angloportugueseschool.org/en/register. This site will be updated with further information on the plans for the school building, admissions process and open events over the coming weeks. You can also join the school’s online community @APSofL on Facebook or Twitter.

A Escola Anglo-Portuguesa de Londres (APSoL), aprovada pelo Departamento da Educação em 2016, anunciou que foi agora garantido um edifício em Wandsworth. A escola prepara-se para receber os primeiros alunos em Setembro de 2020, dependendo das necessárias aprovações legais.

A APSoL, primeira escola na Inglaterra a oferecer uma educação bilingue em inglês e em português, ocupará um edifício na zona Oeste do South Thames College, na High Street de Wandsworth, Londres, SW18 2PP. Este edifício será amplamente remodelado para criar uma escola com instalações próprias, arquitetura de ponta, excepcionalmente espaçoso e iluminado, com zonas multi-uso, áreas de recreio informal abrigadas e vários níveis de espaço aberto.

A escola pretende abrir em Setembro de 2020, com duas turmas de pré-primária, numa zona separada e segura, no rés do chão, dedicada aos “Early Years”. Estamos a discutir com o Departamento da Educação a possibilidade de aprovarmos a abertura de uma creche em área própria do edifício.  

A líder do projeto, Doutora Regina Duarte, Coordenadora do Ensino Português no Reino Unido e conselheira para a educação na Embaixada de Portugal, informa:

“No seguimento deste passo determinante, a Fundação e a equipa que gere o projeto estão a trabalhar intensamente no desenvolvimento de planos para a remodelação deste edifício extraordinário, no recrutamento de pessoal para o primeiro ano e na conclusão de planos e políticas educativas. A APSoL tem elevadas expetativas para todos os alunos e irá oferecer um currículo bilingue abrangente e equilibrado, dividindo as principais disciplinas entre inglês e português, de forma a imergir os alunos em ambas. Os alunos aprenderão a comunicar fluentemente em duas das cinco línguas mais faladas globalmente, enquanto desenvolvem competências para cooperar, aprender e interagir entre pares e com o mundo. O enriquecimento curricular e as atividades extracurriculares irão oferecer amplas oportunidades para os alunos desenvolverem as suas capacidades e interesses.”

Esta nova escola primária já recebeu uma enorme expressão de apoio por parte de comunidades numa área ampla do Sul e Oeste de Londres. Os planos serão abertos a consulta durante setembro de 2019 e pretendemos abrir inscrições para vagas de pré-primária (“Reception”) em Novembro de 2019.

Para saber mais sobre a Escola Anglo-Portuguesa de Londres ou registar o seu interesse numa vaga para a Pré-Primária (Reception), por favor visite a página da escola www.angloportugueseschool.org/register. Esta página será permanentemente atualizada com informação sobre os planos para o edifício, inscrições e eventos abertos nas próximas semanas. Pode também seguir a comunidade em linha da escola em @APSofL no Facebook ou no Twitter.

Site news

We have been working relentlessly alongside the Department for Education (DfE) and their property advisors, LocatEd, to secure a site for the Anglo-Portuguese School of London. In common with a number of free school projects across London where land and buildings are at a premium, this has taken longer than we had hoped when the school was approved to the ‘pre-opening’ phase in autumn 2016.

We are delighted that we are now in a position to announce that two potential sites, both of which are suitable for establishing a first-rate learning environment for our primary school, have now been identified in the Lambeth, SW8 and the Wandsworth, SW18 areas. We are now working towards securing one of these but, as negotiations around securing a site are commercially sensitive, the Education and Skills Funding Agency stipulates that the details of potential sites must be kept confidential until a site has been confirmed. We will share details of the proposed location as soon as we are able.

A provisional opening date for our first Reception classes will be confirmed by the DfE once the site has been secured and once the time needed for obtaining planning permission and completing necessary building works or refurbishment has been assessed. We are disappointed that the children of many of those of you who originally supported our plans will now be too old to attend our school but it is your tremendous support which has got us to this stage and we thank you sincerely for this as our vision moves another step towards fruition.

Do you or your friends have a child aged two or under? We need your support!

As the school will be opening later than originally planned, we are required by the DfE to evidence the ongoing demand for admissions. As such, we are asking parents and carers with children aged two and under (due to start primary school in 2021 or 2022) to pledge their interest in a Reception place at APSoL via the short online form.

Register your interest here

Please ask your friends with children aged two or under to register their support.

We are continuing to make good progress on other non-site related elements of our plans to ensure that we are ready to move quickly once a site has been secured and hope that you continue to be as excited as we are about working towards opening APSoL.

We will keep you informed of our progress through our website and on the APSoL Facebook and Twitter pages.

APSoL Team

Announcement from Anglo-Portuguese School of London / Anúncio da Escola Anglo-Portuguesa de Londres

We recently attended our first meeting with the Department for Education which we feel went very well. Our key task now is to secure a site for the school and we are working with the Education Funding Agency to do this. Land and buildings are at a premium in the areas of London where we are seeking to establish. This being the case, we will not look to open admissions for our first Reception classes until we have secured a site for the school. This is likely to have an impact on our opening date and parents can be assured that we will not look to admit pupils until we are fully confident of opening in the following September.

We would like to thank all the parents and members of the community who have supported us up to this point, especially those of children set to start school in September 2017 who will now not be able to apply for a place at the school. We are continuing to work very hard with the Department for Education and Education Funding Agency to secure a site for our school as soon as possible and will update on our progress through this website and through our Facebook and Twitter feeds. In the meantime, we are continuing to make progress on other non-site related elements of our plans to ensure that we are ready to move quickly once a site has been found.

Thank you all for your continued support.

APSoL Team

Tivemos recentemente a nossa primeira reunião com o Departamento da Educação (DfE) e consideramos que correu muito bem. A nossa principal tarefa agora é assegurar um local para a escola e estamos a trabalhar com a Education Funding Agency para esse fim. Tanto terreno como edifícios na área de Londres em que pretendemos abrir a escola são difíceis de encontrar e a elevados preços.  Sendo assim, só abriremos inscrições para as nossas primeiras turmas de “Reception” – alunos com 4 anos – até termos assegurado o local da escola. Tal decisão terá com certeza um impacto na nossa data de abertura, mas podemos garantir aos pais que não inscreveremos alunos sem estarmos completamente confiantes da abertura no mês de Setembro seguinte.

Queremos agradecer a todos os pais e membros da comunidade que têm apoiado o projeto, especialmente aos pais com crianças que entrarão para a escola em 2017 e que não se poderão candidatar a um lugar na escola para esse ano. Vamos continuar a trabalhar arduamente com o Departamento da Educação e com a Education Funding Agency para assegurar um local assim que possível, mantendo-vos informados do nosso progresso nesta página de internet e também através do Facebook e Twitter. Entretanto, continuamos a avançar com outros elementos do nosso projeto, não relacionados com o local, garantindo que estamos prontos para abrir rapidamente a escola assim que um lugar adequado seja encontrado.

Obrigada a todos pelo vosso apoio constante.

Please continue to support our plans

We are continuing to collect registrations of interest as we need to show the Department for Education that we have continued and growing support for the school from prospective parents and members of the local community.

If you have a child starting primary school in 2017 or later but have not yet registered your support for the Anglo-Portuguese School of London, please complete the short online form.

Keep your eye on our website for further updates or join us on Facebook for all the latest news.

Kind regards

Anglo-Portuguese School of London Team

Application now in!

Our application to the Department for Education (DfE) to open the Anglo-Portuguese School of London (APSoL) in South West London has now been submitted!

The application contained a detailed business case for the proposed primary school, including detailed answers to questions about parental demand, the type of school we will provide, the school’s ethos and the capability of our team. We are now waiting to hear whether we have been shortlisted for an interview by the DfE, which is the next stage of the process and an opportunity to discuss our proposal in depth.

We’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who has shown their support and registered their interest in APSoL – we’ll let you know as soon as we have any news!

Anglo-Portuguese School of London Team

Register your support by 29th February!

Demonstrating the level of support for the school is a key element of our application to the Department for Education and the higher the level of demand, the more chance the school has of being approved. Please register your support by Monday 29th February to help make our vision for the Anglo-Portuguese School of London (APSoL) a reality.

If you have a child due to start primary school in September 2017 or later and have not yet registered your support for this new primary school, please complete the short registration form.

Please spread the word – together we can make this happen!

Anglo-Portuguese School of London Team