The new West Norwood primary school will open as 2 forms of entry (60 children) from September 2011 and be run as part of Julian’s school. Negotiations to acquire the site will be completed soon. The architects Shepheard, Epstein & Hunter (who designed the rebuild of Kings Avenue school) are already working on initial plans for the school.
Parents can now apply for a place for their child to start in September 2011 at the new school. Whilst the school is being built children attending the new school will use temporary classrooms at the current Julian’s site. However the distance from home to school, as part of the admissions criteria for the new school, will be based on the new school site – the location should be made public by December 2010.
When the building work is complete in 2012 the children in the new school will move to it’s new site.
The Lambeth primary school booklet has just been published class in 2011/12 and is full of information about Lambeth primary schools. You can see a copy on the Lambeth web site.
Applications for children starting in reception class in September 2011 need to be in by 14th January 2011.
A general meeting for parents interested in information about admissions to any Lambeth primary school will be at 5.30pm on Thursday 18 November 2010 at Julian’s Primary School, 226 Leigham Court Road SW16 2RB
Lambeth council is developing plans for a new primary school in West Norwood to meet the growing demand for primary school places in the area.
An ‘in principle’ agreement has been reached to buy a site in central West Norwood. It is hoped that an announcement on the site can be made soon.
Architects have been appointed to design the new school. The outline programme shows work starting on site in May 2011 with the new 2-form entry school completed for the September 2012 term. Temporary facilities would be ready for September 2011.
Governors of the popular Julian’s primary school have agreed in principle to the new school becoming part of Julian’s. If the money can be found to expand the original Julian’s school then the new building can also be used as a decant site for the original Julian’s school. The current 1-form entry Julians’s school could eventually expand to a split site 4-form entry school, with 2-forms of entry on each site.
Councillor Pete Robbins has responsibility for schools and will be giving the latest update on the new primary school on July 28th
London has a major shortage of primary school places for young children starting school. In Lambeth, the area hardest hit is West Norwood and the council is working hard to find the funding to expand existing schools and build a new one.
Lambeth is working with Hitherfield, Sunnyhill and Elmwood schools to provide extra reception classes for the school year from September 2010 to 2011. The aim is to meet the growth in demand until more permanent solutions are in place.
Looking ahead, the council is seeking government funding for a new primary school in West Norwood and is in talks with a number of landowners about possible sites. If it goes ahead, the new school could be open by 2013 and earlier on a temporary site.
Lambeth would also like to rebuild and expand Julian’s School. Work could start in 2011, if funding is confirmed.
Finally, the former Norwood Park School in Gipsy Road, which was the temporary home of the new Elmgreen secondary school for the last two years, is being refurbished as Kingswood’s Early Years Centre, due to open in September 2010. This will house reception classes, a children’s centre and nursery and will enable Kingswood to expand to three-form entry from September 2010.
There’s lots of information about primary schools in the booklet “Starting School in Lambeth” For a copy of the booklet go to www.lambeth.gov.uk/eadmissions or look in your local library. The deadline for applying for a reception place in the 2010 to 2011 school year is 1st February 2010.
Make your views known – sign the e-petition for more primary school places HERE.