Cllr Jasmine Ali, cabinet member for children, schools and adult care, was joined by Neil Coyle MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, to mark the official opening of Albion Primary School.
Albion Primary School now has capacity for 420 pupils after the school was completely rebuilt.
Next month the council’s cabinet will award a contract for the construction of new homes on part of the former school site, with work due to start next year.
Making the most of every bit of space available was central to the redesign of the school and this extends to the roof. There is a new, fully accessible, roof terrace with an artificial grass playing pitch, which will be used as a further outdoor learning space but doubles as a play area.
Cllr Jasmine Ali, cabinet member for children, schools and adult care, said: “One of the real stand-out successes of Southwark Council’s investments into local schools is that education teams have been able to create schools that fit their needs. At Albion Primary School, pupils and staff have a school that works for them. The school is really impressive and the investments from Southwark Council has helped provide an excellent space to teach and learn. Alongside the quality of the school, which has been recognised by industry bodies, there are now more, much needed primary school places. Thanks to the expansion of the school, I am pleased to say that Albion will now be able to welcome 210 more pupils through its gates.”
Karl Bardouille, headteacher of Albion Primary School, said: “Albion has worked closely with Southwark Council and the architects to ensure our children have the best possible facilities .We wanted to ensure that the new school would give the children bigger classrooms, a more accessible building and more common areas that would ensure the best opportunities to deliver our creative curriculum. We are all delighted with the extra teaching and learning space that will help us live up to our motto ‘Learn to do Well’”.
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.