Council announces plans for schools

By James Renoux-Wood - Mon 7 October 2013, 2:51 pm

Enfield Council has revealed details of schools for its flagship Meridian Water development site.

Speaking at a round table discussion focused on the project’s future last week, Neil Rousell, Enfield’s director of regeneration, leisure and culture, said the council had agreed with the Community Learning Trust to build a primary school at the northern end of Meridian Water.

The free school, scheduled to open at the start of the academic year in September 2014, will be on St John’s Road and form part of an existing community hub, he said.

Rousell went on to discuss further plans for schools at the site. "We’re looking to site a secondary school with an ‘all-through’ primary school attached to it," he revealed, "using a part of the Tottenham marshes as an opportunity for playing fields."

A plot has also been identified for a University Technical College at the so-called "teardrop" part of the development. Rousell named three universities which could work in partnership to run the college – Anglia Ruskin, St Mary’s and Middlesex.

He said: "There’s a great opportunity there for 150 to 300 students studying on that site to pursue a career in engineering and processed engineering.

"Many of Enfield’s factories that have been re-designed need process engineers in order to work the technical machinery there."

Del Goddard, cabinet member for business and regeneration, said all schools at the site were estimated for completion by 2016.