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Enfield has a school place for every child

Published Friday, 13 July 2012

Enfield Council is guaranteeing a school place for every child of school age this September whose parents have already applied for one.

In common with many London boroughs, Enfield has experienced an unprecedented and unforeseen rise in demand for reception places this year.

“We fully understand that parents have been concerned,” said Cllr Ayfer Orhan, cabinet member for children and young people, “but it has always been our intention to provide enough school places right across the borough.

“This has entailed a tremendous amount of extra work for council staff and considerable support from our primary schools that have the space to accommodate extra classes.

“I am very grateful to all the headteachers and governors who have worked so hard with us and can promise that the council will provide the extra facilities for these classes.”

Throughout the planning for extra places the council has been keen to see that these are located in the areas near to children’s homes.

In Southgate where there was pressure for places at the popular, but crowded Walker primary school, the matter has been resolved with additional reception classes opening at nearby Hazelwood and De Bohun primary schools this September.

Enfield Council is working in partnership with Walker School to expand it from two forms of entry to three forms of entry by September 2013.

De Bohun Primary School, which will be opening an extra class this September, recently received its second consecutive 'Outstanding' judgement for its early years provision which is recognised nationally and was the subject of a book published in 2011 'The Reception Year in Action'

Cllr Orhan, said, “I am grateful to Headteacher, Terry Scott and his governing body. This is a great support for the local community and De Bohun will give young children an excellent start.”

Terry Scott, said, “The governing body and staff welcome this opportunity to assist Enfield Council in its desire to provide places for every reception child.

“The financial support the council provides will allow us to enhance our early years’ provision. We are keen to build on the achievements of our Foundation Stage which the school and parents are deservedly proud of, led as it is by Enfield's only advanced skills teacher for early years; Anna Ephgrave.

“We are of course delighted that, even more children will get the opportunity to make a positive and enjoyable start to their school life at De Bohun.”

Enfield Council is opening 20 new classes across the borough this September.

Cllr Orhan, said, “We are finalising our plans for 2013, which will ensure the permanent provision of additional primary places.  As soon as these plans are  in place we will be releasing further details.”

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