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Boost for schools approved by Lambeth council

TWO schools in the borough received a boost after getting planning permission for re-build and expansion projects worth more than £3.5million in total.

La Retraite Girls’ School in Atkins Road, Clapham Park will get a new £1.3million dance, drama, performing arts and music centre.

On Tuesday, November 6 Lambeth Planning Applications Committee also approved expansion works for Loughborough Primary School in Minet Road, Brixton.

Cllr Rachel Heywood, Cabinet member for Children and Families, said: “I’m delighted these important projects have been approved as hundreds of children will benefit.

“The arts centre at La Retraite will add to Lambeth’s wonderful cultural landscape offering great opportunities for pupils, while the project at Loughborough Primary School will deliver desperately needed new primary school places.”

La Retraite’s new centre will feature four studio rooms, four practise or study rooms, changing rooms, showers and offices. The adaptable new building will also host dance lessons as part of the PE curriculum.

Head teacher John Conway: “We are thrilled to get the go ahead. We were judged as outstanding at our last Ofsted inspection and this project will complement our already high academic standards.

“In particular it will support our sixth formers in their creative and performing arts subjects. It will also boost our after school activities, particularly in dance.”

Work at La Retraite will start on November 26 and should be finished in the early spring. The work is funded through the Government’s Demographic Growth Capital Fund to boost education in areas with increasing numbers of 16- to 19-year-olds.

At Loughborough Primary School the sports hall will be converted into classrooms and a new hall for sports, drama and music will be built that the community will also be able to access. The new hall will be linked to the existing school through a new glass atrium.

The project, worth almost, £2.5million, will expand the school from two form entry to three form entry – meaning an extra class of thirty children per year group.

Elena Mauro, Loughborough Primary School Head of School, said: “We are hoping to start work in January and be welcoming additional pupils by September. We have already had to open an extra reception class this year because demand is so high.

“We want to help Lambeth provide the extra spaces for local children that we know they need now and will need in the future.

“Our last Ofsted report judged us to be a good school with outstanding features and we have a good reputation locally. It’s great to have this investment in the school and we are looking forward to the next phase in this school’s life.”

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