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Abacus Belsize ‘a local school’

13 June, 2019

• FURTHER to your report (Fresh bid to open new Hampstead school comes with ‘car free’ promise, May 28) for so many years, Belsize Park families lacked a state, secular school to send their children to.

When we applied for a school for our daughter, we were way down the waiting lists for New End, St Paul’s, Fleet and Fitzjohn’s. Luckily abacus had opened two years earlier (in 2013) and we were offered a place there.

I completely sympathise with the concerns about air pollution. Opponents of the application say that parents will drive. This is simply not true.

We live in the heart of Belsize Park – so our walk to the police station is 10 minutes; abacus Belsize will be a local school for local children who because of where they reside in the catchment area, will walk/scoot/ or cycle to school.

With no drop-off points, it will be virtually impossible to drive to school. I personally cannot think of a better use for the old Hampstead police station than to house a local, inclusive, secular and state school such as abacus Belsize.

EMILY McCARRON
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