Councillors tour schools as expansion works take shape

Councillors along with headteacher of Highfield Primary School  Maria Kemal

Councillors along with headteacher of Highfield Primary School Maria Kemal

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Enfield borough councillors have been touring schools that are being refurbished or rebuilt as part of a multi-million pound programme.

Chesterfield, Highfield and George Spicer Primary Schools along with the Bury Campus at Edmonton County are all receiving upgrades that will create an extra 2,100 school places across eight schools.

Councillor Ayfer Orhan, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “We were delighted to meet pupils who are already benefiting from the investment the council has made.

"We have already provided an extra 4,410 primary places since 2010 and in 2012 we agreed to meet future demand by providing extra school places through permanent expansion schemes in communities facing the most pressure for primary places.

“We expect to add approximately 2,100 new places at the eight schools currently involved in the school expansion programme and are already working on projects for the future to help us cope with an estimated increase in the school age population of 1,400 within the next ten years.

Council leader Cllr Doug Taylor, cabinet member for finance and property Cllr Andrew Stafford and cabinet member for adult services, care and health Cllr Donald McGowan also took part in the trip.

Headteacher of Highfield Primary School, Maria Kamal said: "The new building is a wonderful addition to the school, it will accommodate our early years that is the nursery and reception children, also our Year 1 and Year 2 children.

"The school has been part of the Enfield expansion programme, together we have created additional classes for the much needed children of Enfield who have no school places."

Expansion at George Spicer in Southbury Road is set to be completed for September 2014.

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