Enfield: Two more Free Schools approved

TWO new free schools have been given the green light to open in Enfield in 2014. 

Among the 102 schools approved nationally by Education Secretary Michael Gove last week are a primary planned for Meridian Water, in Edmonton, and a secondary, which will be opened by education specialists ARK in north-east Enfield. 

Both schools are expected to open next year. 

The London Diocesan Board for Schools applied to set up a primary in the Meridian Water area in partnership with the local community. 

It is hoped the new primary will plug the predicted gap in school places as the Meridian Water regeneration project gets under way over the next few years. 

LDBFS chief executive Inigo Woolf told the Advertiser: “We are very excited about this approval. 

“Our view is that if you want to regenerate an area like Meridian Water you need to put in schools and the infrastructure early on in a project, so that you then can build a community with some firm foundations.” 

Mr Woolf stressed that although the LDBFS is a Church of England organisation, the new primary school will have places open to children of all faiths. 

The LDBFS already runs the Edmonton annex of St Matthew’s Primary School, in St John’s churchyard, in Dysons Road, Edmonton. 

It is thought that there will need to be an additional 810 places provided for Year 7 children in Enfield by 2019 and an ARK spokeswoman said the new school will provide 180 of those places. 

She added that ARK is working with Enfield Council to identify suitable sites in the north-east of the borough ARK is set to open the John Keats academy, in Bell Lane, Enfield Wash, in September.

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