Expansion of Woodbridge High School to go ahead despite a ‘deficiency’ in outdoor space

The expansion of a Woodford Green school, from an eight to a ten form entry, will go ahead despite a number of concerns raised about overcrowding.

Woodbridge High School, Saint Barnabas Road, will be able to offer 60 more places to pupils in September next year after cabinet agreed the expansion.

At previous meetings concerns were voiced about a lack of outdoor space and the safety of pupils if more students were accepted.

Steven Warwick, former council education scrutiny member, who made official representations with a particular emphasis on outdoor space said: ”I’m sure Woodbridge will continue to thrive post expansion, but the deficiency in the school’s sports and amenity space is unfortunate.

“I am glad the council has at least discussed the use of the disused football ground.”

In response to his letter, Redbridge Council said: “The current projections for secondary pupil numbers indicate that between now and 2018 the council need to provide 22 forms of entry.

“The Schools Premises Regulations 2012 requires “suitable outdoor space provision” and as part of the proposals, both officers and the school believe that this regulation has been met.”

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