New schools to be built in Croydon


By - Tuesday 1st July, 2014

Two academy schools are to be built in Croydon after they were given the go-ahead by the Department of Education. The primary school will have 660 places, including 30 nursery places, and will be situated in Victoria House in Waddon. The secondary school’s location has not been confirmed but will be centrally based and have spaces for 1,200 students, including 300 places for sixth form students. There will be public meetings to discuss the plans.


Release begins: ARK Schools, the high performing academy network, has had its applications to create two brand new free schools in Croydon approved by the Department for Education.

The proposals will create a new primary academy with 660 places for local children, including a nursery with 30 places. In addition, a secondary academy will be built that will cater for 1,200 students, including a 300 place sixth form.

The plans build on the success of the group’s existing primary school, ARK Oval Primary Academy in Cherry Orchard Road which opened in 2011. The school was rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted when they inspected in 2012.

Lucy Heller, Chief Executive of ARK, said:

“We know that parents want to see more good schools in Croydon, and that’s why we’re creating two new academies in the area. These new academies will work closely with others in the borough, including ARK Oval, to give children the best possible education.

The borough is facing a shortfall of school places in future years and this will help address the need for additional schools, particularly in central Croydon.

The primary school will be sited in Victoria House in Waddon, while the secondary school will also be in the centre of the borough. ARK Schools is working closely with Croydon Council and the Education Funding Agency to identify a suitable location for the secondary.

Closer to the opening date, ARK Schools will be holding public meetings to discuss the plans in more depth with local parents and the community.

ARK Schools is an education charity and academy network set up in 2004 which offers a high quality education to all children irrespective of background or prior attainment. ARK academies spend more time teaching core subjects like English and maths, and aim to ensure every child is able to go to university or on to their career of choice.

ARK Schools runs 19 academies across London. Of the ARK schools that have been so far inspected by Ofsted, all have been judged to be good or outstanding.

Release ends.

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