School expansion gathers pace

By Natalie Vincent - Wed 18 July 2018, 9:43 am

Work to expand Barking Abbey School is under way as part of Barking and Dagenham Council's push to provide places for the borough's growing school age population.

Image courtesy of Be First

Barking and Dagenham Council's cabinet member for education, Evelyn Carpenter, met the headteacher Jo Tupman and pupils in June 2018 to see how the building works are progressing.

Led by the council's wholly owned regeneration company BeFirst, and working with Neilcott Building Contractors and architect Rivington Street Studio, the £21 million expansion of the school's Longbridge Road campus includes general teaching and specialist rooms for design technology, IT, art and science subjects, and a new 690sq m sports hall. Some remodelling and refurbishment of the existing buildings is also taking place.

The expansion will enable a further 90 pupils per year group to be admitted, along with additional sixth form places at the Sandringham Road site.

Carpenter said: “The first new building is really taking shape and already looking great. Over the past four years, we have ploughed £110 million into expanding schools so we can keep pace with our increasing school age population.

"Because of this we are among the top authorities in London making sure that pupils get their first preference."

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