Plans are under way to rebuild the Julian’s school building on its existing site off Leigham Court Road SW16 2RB to help meet the large increase in demand for primary school places in West Norwood and Streatham. The school was originally built as a one form –entry school, taking 30 children each year . The new plans create a 3-form entry school off Leigham Court Road taking 90 children per year. To allow building work to start in February 2013 and be completed by July 2014 so to be ready to open in September 2014 the whole school will move to the new sister Julian’s School in Wolfington Road in December 2012.
West Norwood’s new primary school came a step closer to reality last month when councillors on Lambeth’s Planning Applications committee approved plans for the building in Wolfington Road.
Many residents will have seen the models and drawings for the school during extensive consultations over the past few months. The plan presented to the committee has not changed significantly and involves internal adaptations to Gabriel House, built nearly a century ago, plus a new, modern building on the back.
Two hostels owned by Lambeth Council will be demolished to make way for the school’s outdoor play area which will also extend down the tree-lined bank behind the current car park as far as Devane Way.
The vast majority of residents who commented on the plans support the scheme . Some people raised concerns about parking & traffic problems in Wolfington Road and the proposed loss of the footpath from Wolfington Road to Devane Way .
Cllr Pickard put these concerns to the committee and it was agreed to carry out a detailed assessment of usage of the footpath and amend the planning permission if necessary. It was also agreed to include traffic calming near the school entrance..
The new two-form entry school building, to be managed by Julian’s School, is due to open in 2012, Building work is due to start this summer.
Children will join the new school from this September – in temporary classrooms on the Julian’s site.
On Wednesday May 18th Lambeth launched its new campaign to raise awareness about the shortage of primary school places in the borough and the funding gap that the Government needs to bridge.
The demand for school places has risen by 40% in the past four years in some areas of the borough and Lambeth will need 800 extra places by 2015.
Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Cllr Pete Robbins, along with local parents met at Effra Early Years Centre to launch the campaign and get some media attention.
Residents are asked to write to Education Secretary, Michael Gove MP over Lambeth’s plea for £50m funding over two years.
Pete said: “Our schools are full to the brim and residents are naturally concerned that their children will have a place at their local school. We have already added as many temporary classrooms as we have space for but now we need proper investment to permanently expand schools. To help us make the desperately needed space, we are asking the government to step up, provide £50m investment over two years and give Lambeth the fair funding our local children deserve’
The plans for new primary school plans in West Norwood, on the site of the London & Quadrant offices in Wolfington Road, have reached the planning application stage!
Cllr Jackie Meldrum viewing the school plans
The proposed school site includes Gabriel House and the 2 hostel buildings behind. The school’s main entrance will be in Wolfington Road and there will be a back gate onto the green space around Norwood Hall but for security reasons the existing footpath along the side of the building will have to be closed.
The formal consultation period starts now there is a formal planning application. You should be able to see a copy of the plans in West Norwood Library or on the Lambeth website under the “Planning” menus http://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/publicaccess/ quoting ref 11/00832 . Comments can be submitted online. A decision on the planning application is expected by June 2011.
Councillors Jackie Meldrum & Jane Pickard at site of new school
Update: Due to public pressure the meeting at Nettlefold Hall extended opening to 9.30pm
The new primary school for West Norwood will be in Wolfington Road and this November everyone can have a say about the new plans. Drop in to Nettlefold Hall, upstairs from West Norwood Library, between 2pm and 9.30pm on Wednesday 24th November 2010 to meet the people working on the new school. The architects, Shepheard, Epstein & Hunter, want to know what you think of the plans before they submit a planning application to convert the office block on Wolfington Road into a new primary school.
This new primary school for West Norwood is due to open in September 2011 thanks to funding agreed by the Labour government before the May elections. Julian’s school will manage the two schools together and for the first year temporary classes will be on the Julian’s School site at the top of St Julian’s Farm Road. In the next week or so the school admissions pages on the Lambeth web site should have information on how to apply for reception places at the new school for the 2011/12 school year – before the closing date of 14th January . Click here for the admissions page.
There is an increasing demand for primary school places across London, particularly in West Norwood, and as a next step the council wants to rebuild the Julians School on Leigham Court Road as a 2-form entry school so doubling the number of places. The council is struggling to make £80m of cuts to its budgets and is looking for money from the government to rebuild Julians School. Like other councils Lambeth is waiting to hear about the new coalition government’s funding plans to help tackle the shortage of school places in London.
Local councillors, Jackie Meldrum and Jane Pickard, know how important it is to have a good local primary school and have been pressing the council to expedite plans for the new school. Families living just south of West Norwood station have struggled to find a primary school in easy walking distance. This new school will be a welcome addition to the West Norwood community.
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
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.
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.