Plans are under way to rebuild the Julian’s school building on its existing site off Leigham Court Road SW16 2RB to help meet the large increase in demand for primary school places in West Norwood and Streatham. The school was originally built as a one form –entry school, taking 30 children each year . The new plans create a 3-form entry school off Leigham Court Road taking 90 children per year. To allow building work to start in February 2013 and be completed by July 2014 so to be ready to open in September 2014 the whole school will move to the new sister Julian’s School in Wolfington Road in December 2012.
The plans for the new Julian’s Leigham Court Road school can be seen on the council’s web site via the Planning Database- http://planning.lambeth.gov.uk/online-applications/
Just type in ref “12/03039” . The deadline for comments is Tuesday 25th September.
Gabriel House SE27 0JF to become a primary school
West Norwood’s new primary school came a step closer to reality last month when councillors on Lambeth’s Planning Applications committee approved plans for the building in Wolfington Road.
Many residents will have seen the models and drawings for the school during extensive consultations over the past few months. The plan presented to the committee has not changed significantly and involves internal adaptations to Gabriel House, built nearly a century ago, plus a new, modern building on the back.
Two hostels owned by Lambeth Council will be demolished to make way for the school’s outdoor play area which will also extend down the tree-lined bank behind the current car park as far as Devane Way.
The vast majority of residents who commented on the plans support the scheme . Some people raised concerns about parking & traffic problems in Wolfington Road and the proposed loss of the footpath from Wolfington Road to Devane Way .
Cllr Pickard put these concerns to the committee and it was agreed to carry out a detailed assessment of usage of the footpath and amend the planning permission if necessary. It was also agreed to include traffic calming near the school entrance..
The new two-form entry school building, to be managed by Julian’s School, is due to open in 2012, Building work is due to start this summer.
Children will join the new school from this September – in temporary classrooms on the Julian’s site.
For details see item 13 on agenda of Lambeth Planning Committee 24th May 2011: http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/moderngov/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=600&MId=7595
Councillors Jackie Meldrum & Jane Pickard at site of new school
Update: Due to public pressure the meeting at Nettlefold Hall extended opening to 9.30pm
The new primary school for West Norwood will be in Wolfington Road and this November everyone can have a say about the new plans. Drop in to Nettlefold Hall, upstairs from West Norwood Library, between 2pm and 9.30pm on Wednesday 24th November 2010 to meet the people working on the new school. The architects, Shepheard, Epstein & Hunter, want to know what you think of the plans before they submit a planning application to convert the office block on Wolfington Road into a new primary school.
This new primary school for West Norwood is due to open in September 2011 thanks to funding agreed by the Labour government before the May elections. Julian’s school will manage the two schools together and for the first year temporary classes will be on the Julian’s School site at the top of St Julian’s Farm Road. In the next week or so the school admissions pages on the Lambeth web site should have information on how to apply for reception places at the new school for the 2011/12 school year – before the closing date of 14th January . Click here for the admissions page.
There is an increasing demand for primary school places across London, particularly in West Norwood, and as a next step the council wants to rebuild the Julians School on Leigham Court Road as a 2-form entry school so doubling the number of places. The council is struggling to make £80m of cuts to its budgets and is looking for money from the government to rebuild Julians School. Like other councils Lambeth is waiting to hear about the new coalition government’s funding plans to help tackle the shortage of school places in London.
Local councillors, Jackie Meldrum and Jane Pickard, know how important it is to have a good local primary school and have been pressing the council to expedite plans for the new school. Families living just south of West Norwood station have struggled to find a primary school in easy walking distance. This new school will be a welcome addition to the West Norwood community.
Paul McGlone at a Lambeth school
Labour led Lambeth Council and local MP Tessa Jowell are pleased to announce plans to expand popular local primary school Julians into a four form entry school.
For the school year starting in September 2010 Kingswood School will have 2 extra reception classes. The extra good news is that Julians school has also agreed to open another reception class for this September’s intake. Please pass this information on to any local parents who are applying for reception places for the new school year starting in September – the deadline for applications is in a week’s time on Monday, 1st February. More information here.
Last week, Julians school governors agreed in principle to run the new primary school that Lambeth will be building in central West Norwood . The plans are at an early stage and propose that the new two form entry primary school would be called Julians West Norwood and take reception children on its new site by September 2011. Subject to government funding, St Julians would then move to the new site to allow the old school, Julians Streatham, to be rebuilt as a two form entry school. This would make Julians a four form entry school split over two sites with two different ‘ admission points of entry’. Lambeth Council is currently in confidential negotiations to acquire a site in the area around West Norwood station.
West Norwood has become very popular with families in the last 2 or 3 years and so there has been a rapidly growing demand for school places. Cllr Paul McGlone and Cllr Jackie Meldrum have been working hard with Tessa Jowell MP to make sure there are enough local primary school places .
Tessa & Paul successfully lobbied the Labour government to help fund a new school for West Norwood .This £9m extra government funding, together with money provided by Lambeth and the agreement of St Julian’s School, means we can now go ahead with a brand new primary school in West Norwood.
A big thank you to all the parents who have taken the time to meet, email, petition or write to Tessa and councillors. Community support has had a real impact on government and council funding decisions.
For more information please contact Cllr Paul McGlone firstname.lastname@example.org or Cllr Jackie Meldrum email@example.com