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School expansions

Our School Expansion Programme (SEP) has been successfully meeting the borough’s increased demand for extra primary school places by constructing new buildings, classrooms, specialist facilities and play spaces. Works to expand and improve primary schools began in 2010, and the multi-million pound expansion programme has provided over 8,000 additional, permanent school places for local children.

Our future plans to create additional school places ensure that we will continue to meet demand into the next decade. Our current strategy focuses on delivering much-needed special school places for children of all ages across the borough, by increasing capacity in special schools and providing new and improved school buildings with modern facilities. New facilities such as specialist sensory rooms and life skills teaching accommodation will benefit special needs pupils with a personalised, supportive education. This will provide all special needs pupils with access to broad curriculums and the opportunities they need to thrive.

We work closely with construction companies to ensure schools are able to continue to deliver the curriculum whilst minimising disruption to local communities. Our consultation and engagement activities ensure that parents, staff, pupils and local residents are kept aware of all stages of an expansion project.

The SEP team ensure that up to date information on project progress is available. For more information, email schoolexpansions@enfield.gov.uk or contact them on 020 8379 5364.

As well as Enfield’s School Expansion Programme, additional provision is being delivered through new, free school academies, supported directly by the Department for Education. We are working in collaboration with all partners in delivering places to meet demand.

Minchenden school

We have developed proposals for a specialist educational facility for children with autism, after acquiring the site at Minchenden from Barnet and Southgate College. We intend to re-develop the northern section of the site to have modern facilities for secondary autism provision to meet the complex needs of students. 

The new school will provide places for 120 pupils for Year 9-11, and post-16 pupils (aged 14-18), expanding specialist autism provision across all age groups in Enfield. This will address the acute need within the borough.

The proposals comprise refurbishment and modification of existing buildings on site to provide modern education facilities. The Farbey Building will be refurbished and remodelled for school accommodation, including a small extension. The Mews Building will be reconfigured and refurbished to provide a sixth form common room, as well as overnight stay/life skills teaching accommodation to help prepare pupils for living on their own. An open sided workshop will be remodelled to provide additional required school accommodation.

Vehicle and pedestrian access to the new school will be improved by provision of an additional route into the site from Leigh Hunt Drive as well as improving access from the High Street. The school will have 28 car parking spaces on-site and space for four minibuses with access via the existing public car park.

We are committed to supporting the needs of all our young people and believe that this proposal provides an opportunity to ensure that they have access to an outstanding learning environment at the most appropriate location for their needs.

The development of the school will only proceed if planning permission is gained. You can use the online planning register to view and formally comment on the planning applications and view documents.

The above is a computer-generated impression of the proposed West Lea School building and campus.

West Lea School provides 'Learning for Life' for pupils aged 4 to 19 with special educational needs.

New developments at the School's Haselbury Road campus will increase the capacity of the site by over 50 per cent up to 160 pupils with works due to start in autumn 2017.

The first phase of the development plans involves the partial demolition of existing accommodation, building a two storey-teaching block, newly defined pedestrian and vehicular access, car parking, and a new entrance to the school.

The second phase will start once these initial works are complete and includes building a new single storey teaching block, a new larger dining hall, an extension to the existing gym, new play areas and outside seating areas. The existing buildings will be refurbished including new flooring and toilets.

Special needs pupils will benefit from modern facilities that will encourage high quality teaching and equip them with the skills they need to thrive in an increasingly competitive world.

All works are expected to be completed by autumn 2020.

(The above is a computer-generated impression of the proposed Orchardside School building and campus.)

Following planning approval in November 2015, plans to develop a new purpose built school in Bullsmoor Lane have begun. 

Orchardside School will have up to 100 students and will provide facilities for the Secondary Tuition Service which currently operates across three sites across the borough. The service is rated outstanding by Ofsted.

The students who will attend Orchardside will benefit from a more personalised supportive educational setting outside of mainstream schools, with a broad curriculum and the opportunity for the students to take GCSEs.

Improving the accommodation and facilities will allow for a wider range of practical-based courses including specialised teaching spaces and increased outdoor sports and play facilities. This is in line with recommendations from Ofsted.

The key features of the proposed design:

  • A predominantly single-storey, traditionally constructed building with a two-storey hall.
  • 12 classrooms, four practical spaces (mostly science labs), learning resource spaces (i.e. library and ICT), hall, kitchen and dining room, medical and support spaces, staff areas (reception, offices and staff room) plus ancillary accommodation (i.e. toilets, changing and storage).
  • The site will cover 2500sqm.
  • 29 staff and visitor car parking spaces will be provided. Parking will be contained within a secure site with a swipe card entry system, speaker and camera access.

The new school is designed to minimise the visual impact of the buildings and contribute to the surrounding heritage. Conservation officers have advised that the impact to the area is reduced by placing the two-storey school hall at the front of the site. The remaining buildings are single-storey to minimise intrusiveness. The site also benefits from a number of trees, which act as a screen to the buildings.

The development of a multi-use games area has been proposed and will form a separate planning application.

Access to Orchardside will be from Bullsmoor Lane via three entry and exit points, two for vehicles and one for pedestrians. Existing vehicle parking on Bullsmoor Lane adjacent to the site will be unaffected. Cycle parking will be provided in accordance with planning policy. In addition to the existing traffic calming measures it is proposed that a raised table be installed to provide a safe place for school users to cross. 

View details of the planning application

Demolition of existing buildings and enabling work are being undertaken by Randall Contracting. For more information, contact them on 020 3780 3943.

Garfield Primary School

In 2013 we agreed a multi-million budget to demolish and rebuild Garfield Primary School.

The scheme involved demolishing part of the existing school and constructing a brand new school building. Pupils can now access the new building. The second phase of the demolition of the old building will take place shortly. 

The new school has three forms of entry and provide places for an extra 210 pupils over seven years. Overall the new school has capacity for 630 pupils, with 23 classrooms, a library, an ICT suite, group and staff rooms, and kitchens. The expansion involved building a block to provide the new school facility and accommodation. There is an extension to the car park with new access from Palmers Road and pedestrian access from both Springfield Road and Upper Park Road.

As well as a new main playground there are soft play areas including a multi-use games area with room for a five-a-side football pitch and two netball courts. The development also included a sports hall.

The contractor for this project was the Murphy Group. The new school is now open.

Edmonton County School

In 2014 Edmonton County School became an all-through school (4-18 year olds) enrolling its first primary pupils at Bury Campus, Little Bury Street, N9, with a capacity of 420 pupils. The £11 million expansion both created new primary accommodation and improved areas of the secondary school.

The new facilities have been carefully designed for younger children through a refurbishment of a pre-existing sixth form block and the replacement of an old design block with a three storey modular building. Additional teaching space and improvements to existing secondary school facilities included new science laboratories, design and technology classrooms and an ICT suite.

The extension also includes the sixth form common room and office, Special Educational Needs (SEN) suites, design and technology classrooms, as well as a preparatory room with floor primary accommodation, kitchen servery and a multi-use hall.

A link building now exists between the new block and the extension. This provides a primary school reception, medical room and administration area for the primary school, and an ICT classroom and science lab for the secondary school.

Playground works included an extension into the existing playing fields to the rear of the school. The ground floor of the modular building extension was completed in 2013. The remaining primary block was completed in 2014.

Works were carried out to extend the car park and associated pedestrian paths via the Church Street entrance. The primary school building can be accessed through the entrance located on Little Bury Street, whilst the secondary school pedestrian entrance has been developed in the Little Bury Street and Church Street area, providing improved access for parents. 

A new staff car park has been provided to reduce parking in surrounding streets, with a new vehicle-only entrance introduced at Church Street.

The new buildings at Edmonton County School were completed in December 2015.

Grange Park Primary School

Grange Park has expanded to become a four-entry school, with a single-storey primary classroom constructed in 2013 to accommodate an additional reception class. The school is located in Worlds End Lane, N21.

A two storey modular building was erected to provide classrooms, group rooms, a larger hall and toilets. The dining hall was extended and refurbishment works undertaken to the office administration area. All works were completed in the summer of 2015.

The external area of the two-storey building included a level of brickwork at the ground floor and panels at the first floor to provide continuity with the existing school building.

We have also worked with school governors to develop a number measures to improve road safety and access to the school. 

Chesterfield Primary School

Chesterfield is a large primary school with three forms of entry. Construction works were completed in September 2013 providing permanent classrooms and improvements to existing buildings.

The original reception building was replaced by a new 492sqm classroom block, with a new reception and back office completed in 2013. The ground floor of the new block provides four classrooms with interconnecting workshops, toilets and an equipment room. The first floor provides two classrooms, a workshop space, senior management office, a group space and a distinctive external decking area.

Access to the school has been improved through creating a new entranceway. Two pre-existing brick pillars have been removed and a side access gate realigned and replaced. The new school entrance is now located more centrally and linked to the original Victorian building. Parts of the Victorian building were refurbished to provide a new resource for children with special educational needs.

A dropped curb and extended yellow zigzag ‘School Keep Clear’ line have been introduced in order to help to limit the number of  parked vehicles at the start and end of the school day.

Three temporary classrooms were also removed to increase play space and improvements to the playground. This included resurfacing to create an open and easy space to supervise outdoor play, with improved landscaping.

The new building at Chesterfield Primary School was completed in the summer of 2015.

Prince of Wales Primary School

Prince of Wales Primary School has been permanently expanded to three forms of entry. The school, located in Salisbury Road EN3, has a children’s centre which provides day care for 57 children from three months to five years old.

The first phase of work to build a new key stage one and nurture classroom was completed in 2012. The next phase started in February 2015 and comprised of improvements to existing buildings and includes an additional classroom, a group room to provide teaching space, and a new parents’ room. Further work to remodel the kitchen, servery and dining area with links between the infant and junior school were completed in August 2015.   

As the school and children centre is located in a cul-de-sac, we are currently investigating options to improve access and road safety.

Worcesters Primary School

Worcesters Primary School has been expanded to meet the increasing demand for primary school places in the neighbourhood.

In addition to the three new reception classrooms completed in 2012, phase two of the expansion was completed in February 2015 to allow an additional 30 pupils per year.

An extension was built to the north of the existing school away from the main entrance in Goat Lane, EN1.

Work included:

  • the creation of a two-storey extension to the existing building
  • a new block housing four key stage two classrooms, group rooms, a staff room, a new library resource and an ICT space
  • refurbishment of the existing building, including expanding the dining hall and admin area

The pedestrian entrance access from Goat Lane has been widened and a boundary fence was installed. Works to improve the pavement outside of the school have also been completed.

George Spicer Primary School

A new Early Years building has been built on the site of the former professional development centre in Kimberley Gardens, EN1. It includes 12 classrooms, a multi-purpose hall, kitchen and a space for staff and admin support.

The George Spicer Primary School increased from three to four entries in 2014, with reception, Year 1 and Year 2 accommodated in the new school building. The expansion has provided spaces for 360 children and has seen the school grow from 630 to 840 pupils. The new facilities include dedicated landscaped play areas.

An associated project includes better access via Ladysmith Road to King George V playing fields for parent parking, allotments and an improved pedestrian route to the school. Vehicle access for staff is via Craddock Road, with Kimberley Gardens as the main pedestrian access. Staff parking and parent drop off points have been developed to limit street parking.

The new building at George Spicer Primary School was completed in July 2014.

Highfield Primary School

In 2013, Highfield Primary School was permanently expanded to three forms of entry. A new Early Year’s block links to the existing Edwardian building via a new step-free level access entrance and reception at the main reception gate.

The new block includes a nursery, toilets, three Year 1 classrooms, three reception classrooms, three Year 2 classrooms, an entrance space and an associated reception.  There was also extensive work carried out in order to create a safer road environment and controlled parking in the area.

The new building at Highfield Primary School and the exterior of the modular building were completed in 2014.

Bowes Edmonton Primary School

Bowes Edmonton Annexe is located off Nightingale Road N9. It underwent expansion in 2012 and many existing school buildings were reorganised and refurbished in 2014. This included a permanent single-storey modular building with two classrooms, and one flexible teaching space and circulation space with covered link corridor to the new modular building. The school is currently one form of entry.