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School expansion is a success

Published Thursday, 14 June 2012

Parents and children welcome improvements

St John & St James CofE Primary School is celebrating its recent expansion from one form of entry to two, increasing the school roll from 210 to 420 over seven years.

Building works at the school include: a new teaching block; catering and dining facilities, and a nursery which will open in September this year.

External play areas have also been provided and additional work to the existing accommodation in the original school building includes staff facilities and a food/technology room.   

A Multi-Use Game Area (MUGA) replaces the old playground which was used as the site for the new teaching block.  In this way building works were able to proceed without disrupting the school.

The majority of funding came from Enfield Council with contributions from the London Diocesan Board for Schools, St. John and St. James CE Primary School and the government.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, cabinet member for schools and children’s services, said, “I am delighted that we have been able to improve this school. This expansion is extremely successful and it provides some much needed places for children in this part of the borough.

“Working with the school and the London Diocesan Board for Schools we have secured a superb school for future generations in this part of Edmonton.”

Apart from the buildings the new extension includes a number of sustainable systems that save energy in thoughtful ways. A ground source pump provides heating and cooling through a series of boreholes located in the car park.

There are light saving devices throughout the school and carefully planned glazing makes the best use of natural daylight.

Head teacher, Heather Knightley, added, “Our school extension enables St John & St James Church of England primary school to continue its 160 years of tradition serving the families of Upper Edmonton.

“The additional places have made a huge difference for the local parents and their children who have supported the school as it has grown. These new facilities allow us to offer so much more to the children and staff in light bright and vibrant buildings and improved outside spaces. We are all thrilled to be meeting the growing needs of our community."

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