On 21 July 2016, the Council's Cabinet agreed there was a compelling case for the redevelopment of Barlby Primary School. Following consultation, a planning application is now due to be submitted by the end of March 2018.
Barlby has been judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted but its buildings are outdated, tired and don’t make best use of the site.
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is working with Barlby Primary School to deal with these issues. A larger building would allow Barlby to increase its intake from 45 to 60 pupils per year from 2020. This means the school will eventually have 450 pupils in total, including 30 in the nursery.
With the possibility of many new housing schemes being built in North Kensington demand for school places is expected to increase and an expanded Barlby Primary School would help meet this need.
At the same time, a new special school for children is planned to be built on the Barlby site. Kensington and Chelsea currently does not have a dedicated special school within the borough, meaning that many children travel some distance to schools in other boroughs and the independent sector. With more and more children being identified as having autistic spectrum disorder and the continuing demand for places for those with severe learning difficulties it is clear that a new school meeting these needs would provide excellent, high quality and cost effective support.