As residents may already be aware the council has received two planning application for the Glenbrook School site. One of the applications is for the rebuilding of the existing primary school with the same number of pupils as at present. That application was approved by the Council last week. As local councillors we had heard some concerns about the impact of the construction activity – the planning committee ensured that there would be a good Construction Management Plan – but little about the principle of a remodelled primary school.
We have however heard some concerns about the proposals for a new secondary school to be constructed on the site alongside the rebuilt and realigned primary school. The planning application for the secondary school is still being assessed by the Council. So we thought that we would invite you to come and talk to us about it. We have arranged for the planning officers and the developers to be present with us on the evening of Thursday 2nd November between 7 and 9 in the Met Hub (formerly Pop Up Shop) on Kings Avenue, next to Sainsbury’s. Do come along and find out more about the proposal and let us know your views.
We know that Lambeth will need additional secondary school places in the coming years – but any school proposal needs to address concerns around issues such as transport and meet the needs of the immediate area.
If you would like to know more about the proposed school before coming along, we have set out some of the background below. If you can’t make it to the drop in session, do get in touch with us to tell us your views.
Diana, Ed, Lib and Jane
Background to secondary school proposal at Glenbrook
The secondary school proposal is being made by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (part of Central Government). It is an outline planning application with the means of access, layout and scale being set out in detail in this application but other matters, such as the specific design and materials, would be determined by a later detailed planning application.
The school is planned to be composed of six forms in each of 5 years up to GCSE stage (900 pupils) with a sixth form of an additional 360 students. The school would build up to this final capacity one year at a time.
The school is being proposed because a significant overall shortfall of secondary school places is projected to emerge in Lambeth by 2020. The planning application states that the school will be a ‘free school’ to be operated by the Gipsy Hill Federation. Glenbrook primary school is part of this Federation.
Last year and earlier on this year, the Clapham Park Neighbourhood Forum (chaired by Diana) invited the then Head of the proposed secondary school to talk to residents. Following that engagement, the proposals were modified to some degree. The admissions criteria were altered in favour of Glenbrook pupils so that all Glenbrook pupils who wanted to transfer to the secondary school would be able to do so. In addition a further 10% of pupils would be drawn from other local schools. A third priority would be siblings. Only after those places had been taken up would pupils from elsewhere be admitted. The school further committed to making the indoor sports facilities accessible to the local community and to making jobs available locally. These commitments were made by the Gipsy Hill Federation and may not be fulfilled by any other operator of the school.