Hackney will have a brand new, purpose-built primary school for up to 350 children to help meet the pressing demand for places across the borough.
The Hackney New Primary School will be built on the site of the old fire station on Kingsland Road and is expected open its doors to pupils aged 4 – 11 in September 2018. Currently the Hackney New Primary School pupils are being taught in temporary accommodation within the secondary school at Downham Road. Both schools were formed by the Hackney New School Trust, conceived in 2011 by a group of Hackney residents.
Hackney Borough Council’s planning sub-committee voted unanimously (11th January 2017) to approve a planning application by the Hackney New Primary School Trust, The Benyon Estate and the Education Funding Agency (EFA).
Commenting on the planning approval Edward Benyon of the Benyon Estate said:
“This is excellent news for the whole community and we are very pleased to be part of this very important project which will be key to giving our young people a great start in life.
“The Benyon Estate’s links with Hackney date back to 1640, during which time there has been a long history of serving and supporting this community, particularly providing homes and buildings for people to live and work.
“One of the biggest challenges we face as a community today is putting the right infrastructure in place for future generations and a key priority is helping to educate our young people.”
The Hackney New Primary School was conceived in 2011 by a group of Hackney residents and opened in temporary accommodation in September 2015 within the secondary school on Downham Road. Since it was established, the demand for places at the primary school has far outweighed the space available.
According to all official sources (Department for Education, Greater London Authority and Hackney Borough Council), the number of primary school children in Hoxton and De Beauvoir expected to increase by 28% during the period 2013 – 2021.
The Hackney New Primary School will be part funded by the Education Funding Agency. As Edward Benyon explains:
“The funding is not sufficient to meet the full cost of the proposed build which is why the Benyon Estate is working in partnership with the school and the EFA to provide this exemplary new building.”
The Benyon Estate will fund its part of the school project through the development of 68 dwellings on the site which will also enable a contribution of £1.5 million to be paid to Hackney Council to help with the borough’s affordable housing needs.