£10million Archway free school announces building schedule

10:48 06 June 2014

The former Ashmount School building

The former Ashmount School building


A new free school set to welcome pupils in September plans to finish the first phase of its building within a year opening.

Whitehall Park School – which will be built on the site of the former Ashmount Primary in Hornsey Rise – will teach two reception classes in temporary buildings until the first permanent classrooms are finished in September 2015.

The school, which is set to cost the government more than £10million to build, aims to complete all of the building work for the two form of entry facility in September 2017.

The land had been earmarked by Islington Council for new housing, which would provide the town hall with 82 homes and £3.5million towards the cost of rebuilding Ashmount School, in Crouch End Hill, but this plan was scuppered when the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, nominated the land for the free school.

It is yet to be decided whether half of the site could still be used to provide housing in a comprise offered up by Islington Council in January.

Plans are due to be submitted in autumn and doubts have been raised over whether the proposed timescale is realistic.

David Barry, former chair of governors at Ashmount Primary School, said: “If they’re looking at a rebuild it’s not a credible timetable.

“They’ve not allowed for any hold ups in the planning which are likely given asbestos in the building and interest from the likes of English Heritage for its architectural significance.

“Then you’ve got children in porter cabins right next to the building site. They’re likely to end up with nowhere to teach them should work get held up.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Islington News Stories


A banned pet owner who crammed dozens of animals into her filthy Crouch Hill home has been spared jail – again.


A drug dealer who sent a death threat to the councillor who closed Farringdon superclub Fabric has been jailed for eight months.


Police are appealing for help to find 15-year-old Tia Harrold, who was last seen by her mother in Old Street on October 13.


A 13-year-old boy was mutilated in an underground garage in Finsbury.


Islington Council says it has convinced transport bosses to divert traffic away from the north of the borough during the “disastrous” three-month closure of Holloway Road – but motorists remain unimpressed.


A piece of art by a man who once painted lines on playgrounds hangs in Jeremy Corbyn’s living room – and it’s so good the MP is in the market for another one.


A man has been charged with murdering Pentonville Prison inmate Jamal Mahmoud on Tuesday.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn today said Jamal Mahmoud’s killing at Pentonville Prison is a “tragic warning lesson” – and criticised government “under-funding” of the Caledonian Road jail.

Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news


Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now