The Gipsy Hill Federation of primary schools has plans to build a new secondary school at Glenbrook school in Clarence Avenue SW4 8LE, off Acre Lane. The secondary school will be six forms of entry (180 pupils per year). Glenbrook primary will remain a 2 form school (60 pupils per year) and be rebuilt on the site as part of this plan. Glenbrook is part of the Gypsy Hill Federation, which started at Kingswood School in Gipsy Road, and now has 8 primary schools – mostly in West Norwood. Children from Glenbrook school and 10% from the local Clapham area will have priority. Some children from each of the other schools in the Federation will fill the remaining places.
The secondary school hopes to open in temporary premises this September 2017 and nearly 300 children have already applied for a place. James Hadley is the head teacher.
It will take another 2 to 3 years to complete the new secondary & primary schools at Glenbrook. In the meantime the Gipsy Hill Federation want to open a temporary secondary school and are looking for a site that can be ready this September and be big enough to take children for 2 – 3 years (up to 540 pupils).
When Craig Tunstall became headteacher at Kingswood primary school he quickly improved the school. As super-headteacher he gradually built up a federation of primary schools : Paxton, Elmwood and Fenstanton taking pupils from the West Norwood area; and Crawford school near Camberwell .
The group of schools, know as the Gipsy Hill Federation, is extremely successful and Craig was honoured with a knighthood in the New Year Honours. Congratulations to Sir Craig Tunstall!
Labour led Lambeth Council and local MP Tessa Jowell are pleased to announce plans to expand popular local primary school Julians into a four form entry school.
For the school year starting in September 2010 Kingswood School will have 2 extra reception classes. The extra good news is that Julians school has also agreed to open another reception class for this September’s intake. Please pass this information on to any local parents who are applying for reception places for the new school year starting in September – the deadline for applications is in a week’s time on Monday, 1st February. More information here.
Last week, Julians school governors agreed in principle to run the new primary school that Lambeth will be building in central West Norwood . The plans are at an early stage and propose that the new two form entry primary school would be called Julians West Norwood and take reception children on its new site by September 2011. Subject to government funding, St Julians would then move to the new site to allow the old school, Julians Streatham, to be rebuilt as a two form entry school. This would make Julians a four form entry school split over two sites with two different ‘ admission points of entry’. Lambeth Council is currently in confidential negotiations to acquire a site in the area around West Norwood station.
West Norwood has become very popular with families in the last 2 or 3 years and so there has been a rapidly growing demand for school places. Cllr Paul McGlone and Cllr Jackie Meldrum have been working hard with Tessa Jowell MP to make sure there are enough local primary school places .
Tessa & Paul successfully lobbied the Labour government to help fund a new school for West Norwood .This £9m extra government funding, together with money provided by Lambeth and the agreement of St Julian’s School, means we can now go ahead with a brand new primary school in West Norwood.
A big thank you to all the parents who have taken the time to meet, email, petition or write to Tessa and councillors. Community support has had a real impact on government and council funding decisions.