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Norwood's new school

Last updated: 2003-12-01

A new school for children with special educational needs, to be run by Norwood, Anglo-Jewry’s leading children and family services organisation, has been granted planning permission by Hertsmere Borough Council, subject to legal agreement and approval from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM). 

Plans for the School, to be located on the Lincolnsfield site in Bushey, have been in development for three years, and this permission makes possible the fulfilment of a major project for Norwood, bringing its school closer to the heart of the community and making it more accessible for pupils and their families than ever before.

Norwood has exchanged contracts with the Lincolnsfield Trust for the freehold purchase of the site, occupying seven acres of land, and will begin planning the building work on receipt of ODPM approval.

The school, replacing Norwood’s Annie Lawson School at Ravenswood Village, will ultimately take in 66 day and residential pupils aged 11 to 19 with profound and multiple learning disabilities.  A major project of national significance, in addition to its teaching remit the school will be a learning centre offering advice, support and training for teachers, parents, and carers; a centre for courses and conferences; and a community resource.

The developed site will include four residential homes and staff accommodation, six classrooms opening onto playground areas, and a wide range of specialist facilities for children with learning and associated physical disabilities, including a specialist gymnasium, hydrotherapy pool, and therapy suite.

Following purchase of the site by Norwood, the charity is about to embark on a major fundraising campaign to complete the project.  It is expected that building will begin in January 2005 after an extensive tendering process, with work complete in time for a September 2006 opening of the new school.

Norma Brier, Chief Executive of Norwood, said: “This is great news for Norwood and the children and families we support, and means that we can fulfil a long-held vision.  We have wanted for some time to bring our school closer to the people who use and need it, and this means that we can truly fulfil demand and offer access to Jewish children and families throughout the Greater London area.  The new school is a visionary project, which will set new standards in its field.  This is just the start.”