London Borough of Barnet

Colindale school officially opened by Mayor of Barnet

Published Friday 22 June 2012

The borough’s newest primary school officially opened its doors to pupils this morning.

The Worshipful the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Brian Schama, cut a celebratory cake at Colindale Primary School, Clovelly Avenue, followed by a morning of musical performance by pupils at the school.

The opening marks the successful completion of the eighth First Class Schools building project to be undertaken in the borough with partners Kier London.

Colindale Primary School is a three form entry primary school with a provision for children with physical disabilities. The building also houses The Acorn Centre, an Early Years Assessment Centre for children with a range of complex needs.

The wider community will also be able to benefit from many of the building’s facilities including a large all weather playing field, games courts, swimming pool and a large hall with stage lighting.

The building has been finished to a high environmental standard using solar power and a ground source heating system to generate energy and heat the pool.

The Worshipful the Mayor said:

“I am delighted to be opening such a magnificent building which will be enjoyed not only by our local school children but the community at large.

“Local residents will be able to make the most of its first class facilities and I am sure it will become a real community hub.”

Councillor Andrew Harper Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Families, said:

“Alongside our seven other new primary schools, Colindale has been delivered on time and on budget. This is no mean feat.

“Against what is a very difficult financial backdrop for the council, we have been fortunate enough to be able to make a £100 million investment in our education system which has allowed us to completely rebuild a number of primary schools as part of our First Class Schools Programme.

“I am sure Colindale Primary School will become as well loved as our other schools, showing our commitment to give every child in the borough the best education possible.”

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