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Spectacular Garfield opens

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20 July 2016

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A spectacular new multi-million pound building planned and developed by Enfield Council for Garfield Primary was opened by Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Cabinet Member for Education, Children's Services & Protection on Friday 15 July.

A spectacular new multi-million pound building planned and developed by Enfield Council for Garfield Primary was opened by Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Cabinet Member for Education, Children's Services & Protection on Friday 15 July.

It replaces the original school building as part of the Council's successful School Expansion programme providing a new modern learning environment and additional primary school places for 210 local children.

The new building means that Garfield now has the capacity to accommodate three forms of entry in every year group and will reach full capacity in four years' time with 630 pupils.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Education, Children's Services & Protection, said: "This new building for Garfield School is an inspiration. Its success comes from the hard work of the staff and governors who were able to work with the architects and contractors to plan a school that meets the needs of the children and teachers".

"It clearly focusses on learning, outdoor play and activity – and with a new kitchen serving up some lovely school meals. We are delighted that the school has been completed and that children are already enjoying it. I wish everyone success and enjoyment working and learning in Garfield School."

Garfield now has many outstanding facilities: light spacious classrooms with new ICT equipment and furniture; a purpose – designed ICT suite which can be used by pupils and adults; a library, music room and several specialist rooms to support learning.

A magnificent large hall has the flexibility to subdivide into three smaller halls maximising the timetabling possibilities. It means that PE lessons, lunch and drama classes can all take place simultaneously but also independently.

Headteacher, Karen Khwaja, said: "Our vision was to build an outstanding school building that would have excellent facilities reflecting our broad and rich curriculum.

"It was a real labour of love and I would like to thank all the staff, parents, pupils, governors and of course Enfield Council for all their hard work and dedication to achieve this superb new school. We are immensely proud of this achievement."

Garfield is a 'good' school. Last year Nick Gibb – Minister of State for Schools praised it for being among the 100 top performing schools in the country for sustained improvement in attainment at level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths each year from 2012-2015.

Headteacher, Karen Khwaja, concluded: "We are all aiming to raise our standards even higher and are determined to be rated 'Outstanding' at our next Ofsted – this building will help us to get there."

More about Garfield Primary

  • Additional features include an extended car park and new access from Palmers Road and pedestrian access from both Springfield and Upper Park Roads.
  • A school nursery and children centre remains next to the new school in its original location.
  • In the outdoor grounds there is a pond, planting area, traversing wall, trim trail and a large playground area. The grounds will be further extended with the demolition of the old school building to make way for two more playgrounds suitable for KS2 pupils. This will be completed by January 2017.
  • Throughout the school, there are large murals showing the Garfield values that are held in high regard by pupils and staff alike.
  • The school has an eco – friendly design with solar panels on the roof and energy efficient lighting. The school's thriving ECO – team have ensured there are also recycling bins and water butts.
  • On the previous school field, bats were discovered and as an endangered and protected species some of the features of the new build such as the planting and lighting are designed to protect the bat colony.
  • Enfield Council has created over 4,000 new school places in its school expansion programme.

The contractor for this project was the Murphy Group.