London Borough of Barnet

Barnet secondary school set to unveil plans for new teaching block

Published Tuesday 9 October 2012

A Barnet secondary school is set to unveil plans for a new teaching block as part of the council’s secondary school expansion scheme.

Christ’s College secondary school in East Finchley is the first of three secondary schools across the borough to share their plans at a pre-planning consultation event on Wednesday 10 October.

The new teaching block will allow for one additional form of entry each year for five years from September 2013, plus an additional 21 students to the sixth form in 2013/14 and 2014/15. This would bring the school’s total capacity up to 1152 students by 2017/18.

The Compton School is due to show its expansion plans at a pre-planning consultation event on Wednesday 24 October. Their proposed new teaching block will contain classrooms for art, drama and music departments, space for student services and curriculum support. as well as related office and storage facilities.

Copthall School’s plans will be shared with parents and residents in the next few months. All three Academy schools will provide an additional 30 permanent school places each per year from September 2013.

The total cost of the permanent expansions for the three schools is expected to be £10.8 million divided between the three schools.

Councillor Andrew Harper, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Families, said: “The proposed new teaching blocks at Christ’s College, The Compton and Copthall will allow us to accommodate our growing school population over the coming years.

“We have already provided more than 1,500 extra primary school places across the borough over the last four years and have recently commissioned permanent expansions at a further seven primary schools.

“As those children grow older it is the turn of our secondary schools to work together to provide additional places.

“We have seen a huge number of families moving into the borough over recent years to take advantage of the first class education we offer. This strategy allows us to expand our successful schools while giving parents more choice for their children.”

Pre-planning consultation events: Christ’s College on 10/10/12 from 3.30pm to 7pm and The Compton School on 24/10/12 from 3.30pm to 7pm.

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