Proposals to rebuild Rotherhithe Primary School with expanded premises for an extra form of entry are now being considered by the council’s planning department.

The existing buildings date from 1971 and are said to be beyond viable refurbishment.

The new school – facing Hawkstone Road – has been designed by Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios.

The architects say they have drawn on the area’s history when developing their vision for the new school:

The ribbon of the garden wall wraps around the site creating a protected central courtyard evocative of the historic basins and dry docks which were once carved out of the Rotherhithe peninsular. The organic shapes and materials of the landscape flow into the ‘basin’ of the courtyard which is framed by the more rectilinear walls of the building, inspired by the retaining walls of the dry docks and Brunel’s engineering legacy.

See planning application 18/AP/3792 for further details.

Pupils at Redriff Primary City of London Academy have been taking part in activities to mark 100 years since the end of World War One.

Children from nursery age to Year 6 have been involved in a wide range of activities, building up to the school’s Remembrance Assembly today and finally culminating in the unveiling of the school’s memorial garden.

The memorial garden has a steel solider inscribed with the words ‘Redriff Remembers 1918-2018’ including crosses, placed by the children, bearing the names of the 600 soldiers from Rotherhithe who were killed in the war.

Also featuring in the garden is a silhouette, which has been supplied by the charity Remembered as part of its 2018 Armistice project –There But Not There.

The children have also constructed a poppy made from stones on which they have written the names of each solider.

The poppy will remain as a permanent feature in the school’s playground.

The garden will be completed on Friday during the Remembrance Assembly when the final crosses will be planted.

Mickey Kelly, executive headteacher of Redriff Primary, said:

“This week has been a moving experience for all the students and staff at the school.

“The children have really grasped the importance of Armistice Day and World War One.

“Teachers have held workshops for the children on what life was like in the trenches and the different aspects of the War, from roles animals played to the impact of the War on women’s lives.”

Today’s assembly saw staff and children observe a two-minute silence.

A new primary school opened in SE16 last week: John Keats Primary School

The school is based in premises on Rotherhithe New Road originally intended for the failed Southwark Free School.

The controversial development was pushed through by then Mayor of London Boris Johnson despite opposition from Southwark Council.

By 2025 the new school will have an estimated 420 pupils and 60 staff.

Open days for admission to the reception class in 2019 start on Thursday 20 September.

Cavendish School – based at Lady Gomm House in Hawkstone Road – has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

The independent school was founded in 2000 to provide broad and balanced education for children who have been excluded from mainstream schools, and has been based at its present location since 2005.

Inspectors visited the school in May this year and found that “the school provides its pupils with an
outstanding education.

“Pupils make excellent progress and many experience success for the first time in their school care.”

The Poetry School – formerly based in Lambeth – has relocated to the Dock Offices in Surrey Quays Road.

Founded in 1997, the school is a registered charity and part of the Arts Council England portfolio of funded organisations.

The Victorian Dock Offices are owned by British Land.

The Poetry School has asked us to share this job advert:

Caretaker/Cleaner required

Canada Water, SE16

£10.20 per hour (London Living Wage)

Evening and weekends – hours to vary, but working 4 hours per weekday evening during term-time, with some Saturdays, and a total of 3 hours per week outside term-time

Closing date for applications: Friday 20 April, 6pm 

Locally-based caretaker and cleaner wanted for evening and weekend work at adult education arts charity in Canada Water, SE16.

We are looking for a reliable, friendly and conscientious person to undertake our caretaking and cleaning duties in the evenings and at weekends.

Main responsibilities include cleaning, acting as keyholder and locking up the premises in the evening, preparing classrooms for teaching, greeting tutors and students on arrival and providing assistance, for example, with photocopying and general queries. 

To apply, please send a cover letter explaining why you are suitable and a copy of your CV to [email protected].

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 25 April for a start date of Tuesday 8 May.

Education watchdog Ofsted has published its latest verdict on Bacon’s College – judged ‘inadequate’ by inspectors earlier this year.

Three inspectors visited the secondary school on 15 September for a follow-up visit and their letter to principal Chris Mallaband has now been made public.

According to Ofsted inspector Mark Phillips, “leaders and managers are taking effective action towards the removal of special measures”.

The inspectors also deemed the college’s action plan to be “fit for purpose”.

At the end of last term Bacon’s College announced it would be joining the United Learning chain of schools.