Jestico + Whiles are the architects for both schools.
Wren Academy will be a new 900 student (six form entry) and 360 Sixth Form secondary school serving the Enfield community. It will open for the first Year 7 intake of 184 students in temporary accommodation in September 2020.
Wren’s aim is to create an inspirational community of learning rooted in Christian values, providing outstanding educational opportunities and experiences for all students regardless of age, ethnicity, ability and background. They combine ambitions for students’ outstanding academic attainment with an emphasis upon their personal growth as individuals, citizens and active learners.
Wren Academy, internal view of split level restaurant
Wren Academy, internal view of entrance layout
Everything possible will be done to ensure that all students make the very best progress whatever their educational starting point. Wren students make exceptional academic progress whilst also benefitting from an enriching and innovative curriculum which enables them to develop into effective lifelong learners.
Gavin Smith, Executive Principal, Wren Academy
At capacity One Degree Academy will be a 720 place (three form entry) primary school, with 630 students plus a 90 place nursery. The school opened in September 2016 and was graded as Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted in February 2019. One Degree Academy will transfer to the Chase Farm site in Summer 2021.
One Degree Academy aims for their pupils’ academic achievements to be amongst the best in the country, and for their young people to go on to become successful employees, citizens and family members. They are proud to have created an environment where children are happy, inspired and eager to attend every day.
The school is governed by its STRIVE core principles which are:
One Degree Academy, internal view of main stair
One Degree Academy, internal view of typical classroom
Our aspirations for One Degree Academy are simple and ambitious: through our persistent focus on the actions necessary for great teaching and learning, every One Degree Academy student will develop the knowledge, character attributes and cultural capital to succeed at university, enjoy a productive career, and lead a great life.
Aidan Sadgrove, Principal, One Degree Academy
Temporary Accommodation for Wren Academy Enfield and One Degree Academy
Planning consent was granted last September for temporary school accommodation within the Chase Farm Development at parcel C. Unfortunately, it was not possible for the site to be ready in time for September 2020 opening and both Wren Academy and One Degree Academy occupy alternative temporary accommodation elsewhere.
The project team and the Department for Education (DfE) have taken the opportunity to review the temporary accommodation site parcel and as such a new application is being submitted to Enfield Council for both Wren Academy and One Degree Academy to move there in September 2021.
It is proposed that the schools will occupy the temporary site for one academic year (2021/22). Wren Academy will have 360 students and One Degree Academy will have 240 pupils. The site will then be vacated and the temporary accommodation removed.
Proposed layout for parcel C showing both temporary schools, shared car park and existing access.
Although on the same site the schools would be securely separated for operational and safeguarding reasons.
The plans are for both schools’ temporary accommodation to be double storey modular buildings, assembled from prefabricated, pre-designed and high-quality classroom units, with associated ancillary support and access spaces. The works associated with the application include;
- provision of temporary primary and temporary secondary school buildings
- hard and soft landscaping
- cycle, visitor and staff car parking, drop off point, servicing zone and bin store.
We will shortly be submitting the updated planning application for the temporary site which you can comment on via Enfield Council’s planning portal at planningandbuildingcontrol.enfield.gov.uk/online-applications/.
You can find the application using the postcode EN2 8JL.