Hundreds of new primary school places to be created in Newham

Salisbury-View-1-10thOct2014New-CityCurwenWork to transform seven primary schools in the London Borough of Newham was agreed on Thursday 16 October during Mayoral proceedings.

Almost £17million is being invested in improving facilities and providing extra capacity at Altmore Infant School and Lathom Junior School in East Ham, Manor Primary in Stratford, Ravenscroft Primary in Canning Town, Curwen and New City Primary in Plaistow and Salisbury in Forest Gate.

The works at the schools will help the borough to meet the growing demand for pupil places and also forms part of the council’s multi-million pound Primary School Expansion Programme.  Work is due to start at these schools by the end of the year.

Altmore Infant School will be expanded to a five-form entry with a new classroom block; special education needs room, toilets and office space. A first floor terrace and new kitchen extension will also be added. The children’s centre will be refurbished with a new entrance and office space.

Lathom Junior School’s kitchen and dining area will be demolished and rebuilt elsewhere on the site, and a two-storey extension will be added to provide four additional classrooms, a new visitor entrance and office space.

A new dining hall, kitchen and nursery will be built at Manor Primary School as well as a new toilet block whilst New City Primary will be expanded with additional classroom spaces and toilet block.

Ravenscroft Primary will also be expanded from two to three form-entry with six new classrooms, a new entrance block, toilet facilities and a rooftop play area. Previous works at the school works saw three reception classrooms created.

Works to Salisbury Primary School will see two new extensions built containing classrooms and a first floor roof terrace. Refurbishments to the school will also create new office space, toilet facilities, kitchen areas and a nursery suite.

At Curwen Primary School a two-storey building comprising eight classrooms will be constructed.

Neilcott Construction has been appointed to take forward the redevelopment of these schools,  this follows on from the successful expansion works that we carried out at North Beckton Primary in Beckton, Roman Road Primary in East Ham and St Stephens Primary School in Upton Park.

Councillor Quintin Peppiatt, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “Our priority is to ensure that our schools provide an excellent learning environment with high quality teaching is our priority.   “We will continue to invest in our schools so that they can meet the growing demand for school places in the borough, ensuring that every Newham child has a place in one of our outstanding primary schools.”  Malcolm Elster Managing Director at Neilcott said: “I am delighted to continue with the Primary School Expansion Programme and as with all projects we aim to promote local employment and stimulate the local economy.  Where feasible we will source, services, materials and equipment locally”.

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