Barbly has been judged 'Outstanding' by Ofsted but it's buildings are outdated, tired and don't make best use of the site. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is working with Barlby Primary School to deal with these issues. A larger building would allow Barlby to increase its intake from 45 pupils to 60 pupils per year from 2019. This means the school will eventually have 450 pupils in total, including 30 in the Nursery.
With the possibility of many new housing schemes being built in North Kensington demand for school places is expected to increase and an expanded Barlby Primary School would help meet this need.
At the same time, a new special school for children could be built on the Barlby site. Kensington and Chelsea currently does not have a dedicated special school within the borough, meaning that many children travel some distance to schools in other boroughs and the independent sector. With more and more children being identified as having autistic spectrum disorder and the continuing demand for places for those with severe learning difficulties it is clear that a new school meeting those needs would provide excellent, high quality and cost effective support.
|31 January 2017||Consultation.|
|Spring 2017||Planning application submitted.|
|Summer 2017||Expected decision on planning application.|
|July 2017||Work begins on temporary accommodation, subject to planning approval.|
|Summer 2017||Timeline reviewed due to Grenfell tragedy.|
|January 2019||Enabling works begin, subject to planning approval.|
|September 2019||Work on new Barlby Primary School begins.|
|Spring 2021||Works completed on new Barlby Primary School.|