The popular Stockwell Primary School is set to receive a major revamp that will mean more than 200 new places for pupils.
Lambeth Council has bought a four storey building and land next to Stockwell Primary. It means the school will eventually be able teach 630 pupils, a 50 per cent rise on the current total of 420. The move is the first phase in the borough-wide plan to increase the number of primary school places available to families, and work will begin on transforming the building in 2010 when the current lease runs out. The new building will provide more classrooms as well as increasing the amount of outdoor space available to the school.
Councillor Paul McGlone, Lambeth’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “We want to give our children great schools and a high quality education across the borough. Stockwell Primary is an excellent school giving children a great start in life so I’m delighted we’ve been able to give even more local kids this opportunity.”
The latest Ofsted report for the school shows it has been judged to be outstanding in most areas – including pupil achievement. Executive head teacher Janet Mulholland said: “This expansion will not only provide more places for pupils but also improved curricular facilities such as an expanded library, science, design technology and art studios. It will also further enhance the provision for families and provide additional employment opportun ities for the community. This is a very exciting and innovative project – Lambeth Council should be commended for its foresight and vision.”