08 September 2017
One of the leading primary schools in England, Fox Primary School, has reopened (Tuesday 5 September) following an investment of over £10 million by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
The expansion and refurbishment of the Notting Hill school means an eventual increase from 315 pupils to 420 pupils over seven years. The 2017 reception year intake will be the first to have an increase in numbers with 15 more children being able to attend this hugely popular school.
Councillor Emma Will, Lead Member for Education, said: “It is good news that more local children will have the chance to enjoy the educational opportunities offered by Fox Primary, England’s best primary school.
“I am sure the head teacher, Paul Cotter, and all his staff will continue to deliver outstanding teaching. They now have a school that reflects the high levels they have continuously reached over the years. The refurbishment of the existing school has been extensive, meaning that the whole school will be in a building fit for 21st century education.”
Paul Cotter, Head Teacher at Fox, added: “We have been working with the Council over a number of years to expand Fox and now my staff can make use of the latest teaching techniques in a space that is suitable to deliver it. I am sure the pupils will benefit greatly. I would like to thank the staff, children and parents for working so hard during the disruption of building works and I would like to thank Kensington and Chelsea Council for their support in making this possible.”
The original school building has been completely refurbished and a two story extension built, providing a new kitchen and dining and sports hall with interconnecting studio, as well as a dedicated space for the reception class. The classrooms have been rearranged to provide a more flexible and efficient use of space that meets current teaching needs. The refurbishment also includes a bespoke training suite, designed to train other teachers through the school’s CPD programme and maths hub projects.
Outside there is a garden terrace providing the school with a quiet space and an allotment for the children to tend. The whole area is designed to encourage bees and other wildlife.
The new school means the local community will be able to use the new hall and studio and outdoor areas outside of school hours. Fox Primary will also build on its existing pre-and after-school and holiday clubs.