25 April 2018

Fair Funding Enfield - a group that campaigns for increased funding for local schools - has recently carried out a survey with the aim of quantifying the impact of school funding cuts in Enfield. 59 schools responded to an anonymous survey. The results of the survey are set out below. "We do not have any further capacity for cuts in staff numbers, at any level of the organisation." 49% of schools have cut teaching staff 76% have cut teaching assistants 28% postponed or.......

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14 November 2017

In the run-up to this year's general election, a group of local parents organised a demonstration and march protesting about planning cuts to funding for schools - who knows, it may even have influenced the way the voting went in Enfield Southgate. The group behind the march - Fair Funding for All Schools-Enfield  - continue to campaign, as do parents throughout the country.  They've produced a new video and issued a press release - see below. #FutureStealers video highlights the.......

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27 July 2017

The Broomfield House Trust is hoping to work with local artists, teachers and schoolchildren on a project that would promote a lifelong love of art and learning while at the same time contributing to the Trust's multipronged efforts to raise funds to restore Broomfield House. The Lanscroon Murals in Broomfield House before the fires. The staircase at the Beaumont Care Home in Southgate also has murals by the same artistThe project would be be run along similar lines to Take One Picture, the.......

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27 May 2017

Parents, teachers and children took to the streets of Palmers Green this morning to protest against planned cuts in government funding to schools throughout London. The 200+ marchers set out from Hazelwood School at 11am and proceeded through the centre of Palmers Green, ending in Broomfield Park, where the protesters held a picnic lunch. All photographs by Richard McKeeverThe march organisers have calculated that unless the government's funding plans are changed, by 2019 government spending.......

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14 March 2017

Talkies Community Cinema has never been known to rest on its laurels.  This month the locally based "pop-up" cinema will be launching its third HERE film festival with a special event featuring for the first time a live orchestra.  The film in question is of great historical importance and was itself a groundbreaking achievement when it was first shown just over a hundred years ago. Talkies' screening of The Battle of the Somme on 22nd March at Heartlands High School will form part.......

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01 February 2017

Caroline Russell writes about the Clean Air for Enfield meeting that took place at Bowes School on 12th January.

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28 January 2017

The parent of a child at Oakthorpe Primary School is petitioning Enfield Council to improve pedestrian safety in the vinicity of the school, which is Tile Kiln Lane, near the junction with Chequers Way. The online petition, on, reads as follows: Produce adequate road safety for Oakthorpe Primary School before a child is injured. My child has been attending Oakthorpe Primary School on Tile Kiln Lane since September 2015 and very early on I noticed that there was a major problem.......

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27 January 2017

In a particularly bad time for air quality (not yet over), a couple of newspaper headlines that bring home the problem. The front page of yesterday' Evening Standard A  London  head teacher today issued a heartfelt “cry for help” to protect her pupils from toxic air which has blighted the capital for days. Effie Demetriou of Bowes Primary School, next to the North Circular, begged  Sadiq Khan  and Transport for London to act and cut local pollution........

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11 December 2016

Topics on the agenda for the meeting of Southgate Ward Forum on 14th December include complaints about the recently relocated Southgate Library, the status of the proposal to build a new primary school adjacent to Grovelands Park and planting of flower beds around Southgate Station. More information about the specific concerns about these three topics (and others) can be found in the draft minutes of the September ward forum meeting. Southgate Ward Forum Wednesday, 14th December, 2016 7.30.......

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22 March 2015

At the Enfield Council Meeting on Wednesday 25th March (7pm at the Civic Centre) councillors will be briefed on the strategy for the provision of secondary school places and will debate an opposition paper which proposes ways of reducing the cost of temporary accommodation for homeless families. Provision of secondary school places The executive summary of the briefing paper states that demand for secondary school places will continue to rise until 2020 followed by five years of slightly lower.......

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27 July 2014

"A campaign for local schools for local children" launched in 2013 to improve the provision of primary schools in the London Borough of Enfield.......

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01 July 2014

Enfield Council has announced that in order to address the shortfall of primary school places in the south west of the Borough it will be adding a new reception class from September.  The new class will be a "partner school"  managed by Bowes Primary School, which recently received an Outstanding assessment from Ofsted, but initially will be located on the premises of Broomfield School in Wilmer Way.  At some future date it will relocate to a permanent home - possibly at the site.......

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22 June 2014

A pressure group has criticised Enfield Council for failing to uphold an earlier assurance that it would provide a new two-form entry primary school in the South West of the Borough from September this  year. In February the campaigning group SWEAT (the South West Enfield Action Team) stated that they had been assured by Enfield's Director of Schools and Children's Services that the acknowledged shortfall in primary school provision in the area would be plugged by opening a temporary.......

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24 February 2014

According to information released by the campaigning group Sweat (the South West Enfield Action Team) and the Grovelands Residents Association, Enfield Council has stated that it will definitely be providing an additional 60 primary school places from September 2014 to help plug the gap in primary places for children in Southgate, Winchmore Hill and parts of Palmers Green - in particular on the Lakes Estate. Grovelands school concept: area A belongs to Thames Water; area B is the Park; area C.......

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10 January 2014

A group which hopes to set up a two-form faith-based primary school in the Palmers Green/Edmonton area has published information about its project. The Faith And Community School would open in September 2015 and would be state-funded in line with the government's Free Schools initiative.  As a Muslim school it would place emphasis on teaching the Arabic language and learning about the Qur'an.  However, one of the leading members of the project team is Irene Kay, a prominent Jewish.......

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01 December 2013

Ashmole Academy in Southgate is considering opening a two-form entry primary school, which it hopes would open in 2015.  Pupils from the primary school would have priority for admission to the secondary school. Whether or not the scheme goes ahead will depend on the school's obtain the money required to build it and there being sufficient interest from local parents. Ashmole's proposal would help ease the shortage of primary school places in parts of Palmers Green and Southgate, which has.......

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14 September 2013

Enfield Council will be holding a consultation meeting about its proposals to build a new primary school on land adjacent to Grovelands Park.  The meeting will be at Southgate (The Bourne) Methodist Church at 7pm on Wednesday 25th September. Reactions to the proposals, which came to light five months ago, have been mixed.  The We Want Local Schools campaign welcomes the potential increase in primary school places within the area on which it is primarily focussed.  In.......

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31 July 2013

Fox Lane and District Residents' Association have published a document provided by Enfield Council showng some of the initial concepts for a possible new primary school to be built in Grovelands Park (see this earlier report)........

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20 July 2013

The public meeting on Thursday afternoon (18 July) at which London Borough of Enfield (LBE) officers outlined ideas for building a new school on part of the historic parkland of the former Grovelands House revealed considerable hostility to the idea among the packed audience.  In actual fact, the concepts described would largely use land which does not form part of the current Grovelands Park, would seek to make any new buildings inconspicuous, and in any case would require approval from.......

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16 July 2013

Campaigners wishing to retain and enhance Enfield Borough's green spaces have expressed alarm at suggestions that a new primary school might be built on Grovelands Park.  The Federation of Enfield Residents and Allied Associations (FERAA) and Enfield Green Party are both concerned about the wording in a letter from Gary Barnes, Assistant Director for Regeneration, Leisure and Libraries at Enfield Council, which states that the Council is to appoint external consultants to help it "develop.......

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