The Royal Borough’s June 2015 Cabinet meeting agreed to Fox Primary School being expanded and improved.
The already high performing and heavily oversubscribed school in Kensington Place, W8 needs more classroom space to meet the demand for places. It also wants to offer dedicated space for children who may need extra support and coaching in some subjects.
As well as being too small to meet demand, the current school building also presents a number of challenges. It overheats in the summer and can be too cold in the winter. Accessibility is poor and the ramps introduced to improve it have reduced play space significantly.
The new school will have 420 places, rather than the current 315.
It will also benefit from:
- more flexible teaching spaces that allow for modern one-to-one and small group teaching
- full accessibility, for disabled pupils, staff and visitors
- new equipment, better ventilation, double glazing and general modernisation throughout; measures that together will significantly lower running costs
More about the project
The existing school building is being thoroughly refurbished and a new extension is to be built on the site of the old embankment, which has already been removed and ground works are nearing completion.
Work on the new extension will begin in mid-June and is due to be completed by December 2016.
Work to the existing building has begun and new, temporary classrooms have recently been delivered. These custom-built classrooms mean the children can safely continue to receive a great education while the work is carried out.
The refurbishment is expected to be completed in mid-September. The playgrounds and other outside spaces will be finished by March 2017.
What precautions will be taken during construction and refurbishment?
The children and staff will be unable to access any areas in which work is being carried out.
Whilst the current school building is being renovated it will be surrounded by a secure fence to stop unauthorised access. The fence and scaffolding will be wrapped in monarflex sheeting which is fire retardant and stops any dust or debris
from leaving the site. The air will also be monitored and work will stop if any unsafe material is detected.
This, together with testing and the use of specialist contractors to remove any hazardous materials, such as lead paint, means we are confident children and staff will be safe, which is the primary consideration.
What will the new school offer?
When work is complete on the school it will have a new hall and studio, which will be larger than the current hall and support more easily the wide range of activities which Fox children enjoy. The new classrooms will provide a more flexible and efficient use of space that meets current teaching needs, making it easier to provide group support to the most able and also those who find a particular topic difficult.
Outside there will be a garden terrace which will provide the school with a quiet space and support ecology lessons. It will also mean the children can work on an allotment and the whole area will encourage bees and other wildlife.
Whilst work continues the contractors will do all they can to keep noise and disruption to a minimum. During term time deliveries will only take place between 9.30am and 3pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.30am to 2pm on Friday. During school holidays deliveries will be between 9.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturday.
Noisy works will only take place within the Council’s permitted hours of 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturday.
Our contractors, Galliford Try will always have a manager on site during working hours who you can contact by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org