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Plans submitted for thousands of primary places

Published Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Planning applications have been submitted for the expansion and improvement of seven schools as part of Enfield Council's £25 million expansion programme to provide 240 new reception places in September 2013 and over 1650 extra primary school places in total.

If planning permission is granted, work will start on expanding Chesterfield Primary, Garfield Primary, George Spicer Primary, Highfield Primary, Prince of Wales Primary, Worcesters Primary and Edmonton County School, in the Easter holidays. New places will be available by the start of the 2013 school year in September.  

The expansion schemes will provide new classrooms but most of the schools will also receive improved and extra facilities on top of the new teaching spaces. 

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Cllr Ayfer Orhan, said: We're delighted that seven schools have agreed to be part of our expansion programme subject to planning permission being agreed, and we are confident we will be able to provide hundreds of extra primary school places in the areas they are most needed.

"As is the case across London we are in desperate need of primary school places and have a duty to provide our increasing school population with a high quality education in safe, secure and good facilities. If planning permission is granted this £25 million project will provide hundreds of new school places in the places that need them most and improve our educational facilities ahead of the 2013 school year.

"We have got increasing demand for primary school places across Enfield but our proposals are designed to provide extra capacity in those places where we expect there to be more children than available places."

The Council is also continuing to work up plans with a number of other schools to ensure the borough is able to meet the growing demand for schools places in the future.

Enfield Council consulted extensively on the proposals late last year after identifying a number of schools in areas which had a shortage of primary places, the initial schools selected for the consultation exercise were those which had capacity to expand and whose management teams were initially in favour of such a move.

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