Southwark pupils return to brand new schools this autumn

11 September 2017

Hundreds of primary school pupils from all over Southwark have been heading back to the classroom this week – in brand new or improved school buildings.

Capacity at popular schools across the borough has increased thanks to investment by Southwark Council.

Cllr Victoria Mills, cabinet member for children and education said: “It is well known that there is a high demand for primary school places in Southwark. Eleven schools have been part of our current primary expansion programme and I'm delighted that 98% of new Reception children will be starting at a primary school of their first to third preference and that so many primary school children will be learning and playing in the very best facilities.

"I'm delighted that our investment in children and young people will continue with more new buildings due to open in 2018 and further expansions currently been planned.

“I wish all pupils across Southwark the very best of luck for the new term and hope they are as proud of their new facilities as we are."

At Ivydale Primary School in Nunhead an impressive new building will now increase its intake to a four form entry system. This means that the school will now be able to accommodate over 300 more pupils than in previous years.

The new Ivydale site will be dedicated to Key Stage Two education with classrooms clustered by year group around the central hall and staircase.  This area also doubles as a performance space, with audience seating integrated into the main staircase. It is a double height space flooded with natural light. The whole school has been designed to make the most of natural light in order to create a bright and airy learning environment. When students arrive at the new school gates they will find a large open outdoor space that combines a traditional playground, climbing frame and slide.

Headteacher Helen Ingham said: “I am extremely excited that the children at Ivydale will continue their learning in this amazing new building. Having been involved in the project from the outset we have ensured that both the building and the grounds reflect our creative approach to learning with superb facilities for music and performance, sport and outdoor activities alongside large, airy classrooms and flexible spaces for group work.”

The other schools that have or are benefitting from council investment since 2016 include:

  • Keyworth - New build and refurbishment incorporating a new teaching block for Nursery aged children through to Key Stage 2  as well as after school provision and external area improvements. Completed September 2017.
  • Phoenix Primary -  Remodelling of a new hall. Completed in September 2016 and September 2017.
  • Cherry Garden (SEN) - New build state-of-the-art primary special school opening in summer 2018. (Morgan Sindall)
  • Crawford – New teaching block (Galliford Try) Opened in Autumn 2016.
  • Belham – New build and compete remodelling to create a new 2FE academy. Opening in new premises in September 2017 with all works completed by the end of 2017. (Morgan Sindall)
  • Bellenden – Brand new 2FE school opening in summer 2018. (Morgan Sindall)
  • Grange – New teaching block and refurbishment opening in October 2017. (Morgan Sindall)
  • Charles Dickens - New teaching block, external areas, new nursery and 2 year old provision opening September 2017. (Morgan Sindall)
  • Robert Browning – New build and refurbishment opening early 2018. (Morgan Sindall)
  • Albion – New state of the art new build school and external areas opening Autumn 2017. (Morgan Sindall)

Last updated: 11 September 2017