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Brook House Primary pupils visit £2.7m new build

Posted by Stephanie Broad | August 20, 2015 | Bricks & mortar

The sponsors of Brook House Primary School, the Lion Education Trust, along with key delivery partners Newlon Housing Trust, the London Borough of Haringey and Logan Construction, recently hosted a site launch event for all pupils and staff to showcase the new school facility opening in September 2015.  Developed in partnership with Spurs, the £2.7m primary school fit-out is co-located in the new housing development on the site of the former Cannon Rubber Factory. 

Since joining the Trust in September 2014, improvements in attendance and attainment have been recognised and welcomed by parents and the Department of Education and supported by the Council’s school improvement teams. These changes follow a period of prolonged educational improvement in Haringey, where close to 90% of the borough’s primary schools and Ofsted now rates all secondary schools as either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. The sustained progress made in teaching and learning under the Trust’s stewardship, the result of a ‘no excuses’ culture evidenced across all the schools in the Trust, will be further enhanced by the opportunities afforded through the new school facilities. 

Aaron Wright, the new head of school, said: “We are very excited by the opportunity to move into our new wonderful school and can really see how the great working relationship between ourselves as the school, the Trust and the delivery team have raced to get this new school open well in advance of September 2015. We know every child only has chance at a great education and getting it right, every day, in a superb new facility like the new Brook House is what the team and I know will be of benefit to every pupil and their families.” 

The Trust was delighted to have Cllr. Ann Waters, Haringey’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families attend to see how the intervention by the Lion Education Trust in turning the school around from its troubled origins.

Sarah Timewell, Senior Project Manager for Newlon Housing Trust, added: “Newlon are delighted to see how well the project is progressing to provide a new school alongside high quality affordable housing for local people. The delivery of the project by the whole team has been superb.” 

Christopher Stark, Senior Project Manager for the Trust, thanked Logan for their planning and support of the event and for the provision of the safety gear for all pupils: “From the outset we have been very pleased with how Logan Construction have approached this project and how diligent and thoughtful they have been throughout. The success of this project is down to a combination of our design and school operating experience matched by Logan and our technical advisors’ appetite to work collaboratively with Newlon and the Department of Education to keep things on the productive track we see before us.”

The new school will open on 4 September 2015. As well as providing space for 420 pupils when fully occupied, the school will also feature a 6.4m high climbing wall and state-of-the-art ICT deployed in all the Trust’s schools.    

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