Green light for Edg­ware school

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community Life - BY JAY GRENBY

BAR­NET COUN­CIL has this week fi­nally granted plan­ning per­mis­sion for a ma­jor re-de­vel­op­ment of the Edg­ware Jewish Pri­mary School site in Hale Lane, Edg­ware.

The plan­ning com­mit­tee’s unan­i­mous de­ci­sion, which fol­lows a con­tro­ver­sial with­drawal of the ap­pli­ca­tion last Au­gust to al­low for fur­ther con­sid­er­a­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tal, noise and traf­fic is­sues in the face of op­po­si­tion from neigh­bours, gives the green light to the construction of a new school build­ing on the present site.

The site, owned by the Jewish Secondary Schools Move­ment, cur­rently houses the school’s nurs­ery as well as the Edg­ware Adath Yis­roel Con­gre­ga­tion. The in­tended move by the shul to nearby for­mer church premises ac­quired last year opens the way for the de­mo­li­tion of the ex­ist­ing build­ings and the erec­tion of a new school.

De­mand is heavy for places at the school, which ear­lier this year re­ceived a glow­ing Of­sted re­port. Since its launch just two years ago, it has been over-sub­scribed. Cur­rently, EJPS has 74 pupils across four school years from nurs­ery through to Year 2. Once the school is fully es­tab­lished by Septem­ber 2012, it will, to­gether with the nurs­ery, ac­com­mo­date nearly 300 pupils.

Chair of gov­er­nors Eddy Breuer-Weil said. “This is an op­por­tu­nity for us to give our chil­dren the best start in life.”

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