Enfield Borough Council pledges to meet demand for primary school place after Ashmole Academy denied Department for Education funding

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Parents have been told there will be enough primary school places in the borough this September.

The reassurance comes following a decision by the Department for Education not to fund a new primary school at Ashmole Academy in Southgate.

Enfield Borough Council has already announced plans to open a new primary school in the south west of the borough and will be creating a 'partner school' run by Bowes Primary School.

In a statement, Councillor Ayfer Orhan, cabinet member for education, praises the Bowes Avenue primary school and says she is confident provision will be found.

It reads: “Enfield Council promised when it embarked on its multi million pound primary expansion programme that we would provide more high quality primary school places in the areas they were most needed.

"Consequently we will meet the need for more primary school places in the southwest of the borough by opening a partner school managed by Bowes Primary School.

“Bowes Primary School is rated outstanding by Ofsted and will be providing places for more children when the next academic year begins.

"The school already supports pupils at three sites in the south of Enfield and from September 2014 will have an additional reception class at a new location at new temporary facilities at Broomfield School in Wilmer Way before moving to a permanent home.

“Enfield Council closely monitors the demand for school places and recent population projections alongside the school admissions process, and we are aware that from September 2014 there will be a need for reception classes in this area.

“The new provision is part of the council’s ongoing strategy and long term plans to ensure every child in the borough is able to access a school place.

"Enfield’s School Expansion Programme has already delivered 4,410 primary places in new facilities in other parts of the borough and I am very pleased that the next phase includes plans for permanent provision in the southwest of the borough.”

Sarah Turner, executive headteacher of Bowes Primary School, said: “I am delighted at being able to help meet the local need for primary school places and give more children the opportunity of an outstanding education."

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