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School’s pupil numbers could be doubled

19 May, 2017 — By Emily Finch

TOWN Hall chiefs were last night (Thursday) expected to approve expansion plans for Tufnell Park Primary School that will see the number of pupils double by 2025.

Islington Council has selected building firm Morgan Sindall and architecture firm Haverstock to carry out the development of the Dalmeny Road school which will see it increase from 315 pupils to 630 pupils in September 2025.

Following the expansion, the number of pupils accepted into reception will increase from 45 to 90 and it will go from a 1.5 entry to a three-form entry school.

Haverstock designed an extension at Kentish Town Church of England Primary School in 2011 and their redesign of Highgate’s Parliament Hill School saw them win a RIBA award.

The public consultation report before councillors said respondents were “generally positive and supportive and understood the need for an expansion and the benefits which come from this”.

Out of 21 responses received between in March, 13 supported the expansion, four were non-supportive and four were non-determinable.

The report said that, without the expansion, the schools in the area would not have enough places for primary school pupils by 2019.

The next stage of the expansion will see the design submitted to a statutory planning consultation after being presented to local residents and school stakeholders.

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