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Enfield's First Class School Expansion

Published Tuesday, 08 April 2014

Senior Officers and Politicians saw for themselves last week the significant progress which is being made in providing thousands of new primary school places across Enfield.

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The Leader of the Council, Cllr Doug Taylor, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Cllr Ayfer Orhan and Cabinet Member for Finance and Property, Cllr Andrew Stafford and Cabinet Member for Adult Services, Care and Health, Cllr Donald McGowan joined Chief Executive Rob Leak and Director of Schools and Children’s Services Andrew Fraser for the school tour on March 31st which saw them visit four schools being refurbished or rebuilt as part of the multi- million pound Primary Expansion Programme.

They saw for themselves how school accommodation in Enfield is being provided in the places pupils and parents need them most, visiting Chesterfield, Highfield, George Spicer Primary Schools and the Bury Campus at Edmonton County, which became an all-through school when its first primary pupil started in January of this year.  

The Council visitors were not only there to see the building works but also to meet children, parents and staff who are already enjoying the new facilities. At Chesterfield school the group were thrilled to have a sneak peak at a rehearsal for the School Show, whilst at Edmonton County’s new Primary Phase they were taken back to their own childhoods when they sat down for a school dinner with the new pupils.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan said: “We were delighted to meet pupils who are already benefitting from the investment the Council has made. We have already provided an extra 4,410 primary places since 2010 and in 2012 we agreed to meet future demand by providing extra school places through permanent expansion schemes in communities facing the most pressure for primary places.

“We expect to add approximately 2,100 new places at the 8 schools currently involved in the school expansion programme and are already working on projects for the future to help us cope with an estimated increase in the school age population of 1,400 within the next 10 years.

“This is a long term commitment to improve facilities and provide extra school places in the areas they are most needed. Our plans are to build more school facilities in the coming years and we are determined to provide enough primary school places across Enfield to give parents a better chance of getting a place at a school close to where they live.”

Around forty new classrooms are currently being built through the expansion programme as well as improved school dining facilities and better playing areas.

In 2013, 98% of applicants for Reception places were able to go to a school of their choice with 83% going to their first choice school.

With over 25% of local authorities forecasting they will have more pupils than space in September 2014, we are pleased that our forward planning means that this will not be the case in Enfield.


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