St. Jérôme C of E Bilingual Primary School
The new St. Jérôme Church of England Bilingual Primary School was opened in January of this year. Housed in a former Wickes retail support centre, the site has been transformed into a brand new school in central Harrow.
St. Jérôme’s will be the first bilingual school in Harrow and will teach the national curriculum in both French and English. Their vision is to provide outstanding primary school education as well as the opportunity for an excellent bilingual education beyond the private sector. The school is the first state funded French-English school in the area with the funding agreement approved by Lord Nash, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools.
The idea for the school originally came from local parents who wanted their children to have the unique opportunity for a bilingual state school education. Negotiations to change the site into a school had taken place since September 2014.
Located on the corner of Station road and Elmgrove Road, the school sits in central Harrow making it the perfect location for local families. Excellent public transport links allow the new school to welcome pupils from the local area.
The work to convert the original site into St. Jérôme Church of England Bilingual Primary School began in January of last year. The curriculum was devised by bilingual education experts from Cambridge University’s department of Applied Linguists with Harrow School offering regular classroom help from teachers and senior pupils.
The school has partnered with a variety of groups in order to provide the best educational experience for its pupils. Working with Eurostar they will provide an interactive learning experience to extend their student’s learning in science, technology and maths as they solve engineering and maintenance challenges the Eurostar way, in English and French. St. Jérôme’s is based on the success of Holy Trinity CE Primary School in Northwood and has had full support towards its opening. The Diocese of London Board for Schools, renowned for opening and maintaining successful Church of England schools, has 90 years of experience running over 150 schools in London’s local authorities meaning the school will be under one of the most experienced project management teams for setting up new schools in London.
As a designated Church of England school, St. Jérôme’s has a Christian ethos but welcomes children of all faiths and none. The school welcomed children reception age for the first time on 7th September 2016, and was three times oversubscribed upon opening as only the second Church of England primary school in the borough.