Work underway on Tufnell Park school expansion
"The children loved watching the cranes drop parts of the building in place," said the headteacher
14 December, 2018 — By Emily Finch
Headteacher Martin Scarborough at the school
A NEW library and play space will take centre stage at the refurbished primary school set to double its reception places.
The Town Hall approved a £14million expansion of Tufnell Park School in Dalmeny Avenue two years ago in a bid to cater for increasing demand for school places.
Headteacher Martin Scarborough – who has been in the post for five years – said his school would be accepting an extra 45 pupils to join their reception class in September and would be offering more nursery spaces later this year.
He said: “We are so excited and the construction happened really quickly. The children loved watching the cranes drop parts of the building in place.
“The building is modular and was put together in Hull and was driven down in lorries.”
An artist’s impression of the completed building
The school has not closed during construction, with classes moved to the new building with the opening of each new section.
Students will have a library for the first time which is something they’ve always wanted, according to Mr Scarborough. There will also be a huge new play space where the school’s entrance currently sits.
The staff at the school are currently compiling a database of former pupils to invite them to future events to celebrate the school.
Mr Scarborough, 51, said: “We are celebrating with many projects as part of our events called ‘Our Story’, which involves members of the school community.”
The full refurbishment and expansion, including landscaping works, will be completed in 2020.
“We are looking to broaden our curriculum so that children can deal with changes in the world,” he said.
He added that with the new space children would learn more about the environment and their own food.
“I want to thank the local community,” Mr Scarborough said. “There has been a lot of goodwill from them and neighbours who showed a great deal of understanding.”
The school is rated “Good” by Ofsted, the second best rating a school can have and was praised by inspectors for their “strong” English and maths teaching.
There will be an open day for parents interested in sending their children to the school on January 11. For more information visit www.tufnell park.islington.sch.uk