Barnet approves schools

Two secondary schools will be offering primary provision from next September following the go ahead to build two new primary schools in Barnet.

New primary classes will open in September 2015 at the Wren Academy, North Finchley, and London Academy, Edgware, with each new school offering 60 reception places each year.

The proposals will enable pupils who join the reception class to remain at the same school from the age of four through to 18.

Development of the Wren Academy site will provide new school buildings, enhanced playing fields and improved parking.

The London Academy site will see the replacement of existing out dated accommodation with new purpose built accommodation with increased parking provision, a drop-off/pick up zone and external play space provided.

The development of these schools is in response to an increasing demand for school places across the borough and form part of the council’s £140 million investment strategy to provide around 4,500 new school places up to 2016/17.

A planning application has also been submitted for the expansion of Oak Lodge Special School in East Finchley. The proposal would see the school increase by an additional 35 places to provide space for 200 pupils in total and to make improvements to facilities for the current students.

Councillor Reuben Thompstone, Chairman of the Children, Education, Libraries and Safeguarding committee, said: “We have seen a huge amount of building work going on across the borough as our schools adapt to the increasing demand for places.

“The creation of these two new all through schools offers more choice for parents in the borough, one where their children can enjoy an excellent education from the age of four right through to 18 within the same school family.

“Every child in the borough deserves the same high quality of facility and I am delighted that our next application is to extend the outstanding Oak Lodge Special School.”

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