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Building for Tomorrow - Primary school to be rebuilt

Work to begin on Invicta Primary School in February

Invicta Primary School in Blackheath is set for a full-scale rebuild, with new buildings to replace the old ones, some of which date back to Victorian times.

The scheme, agreed last week by the Royal Borough’s Area Planning Committee, enables work to begin next month on land currently used as the school playground.

The new school will be able to take 420 children, both full- and part-time. This is an increase of 90 children.

The original school building consisted of two wings with a courtyard between. As demand for places went up, the school has been growing at the rate of one extra class every year. Currently, there are two temporary buildings, each with two classrooms, to cope with this.

The new building will be two-storeys-high. On the ground floor will be an entrance lobby with a lift and staircase to the first floor, and sta­ff offices, toilets, nursery playrooms and group space. The reception and infant classrooms will also be on the ground floor.

The first floor will have junior classrooms, a staff room, a library resource centre, toilets and office and storage space. There will also be a single-storey main hall, kitchen and dining area. There will also be parking spaces for 25 cycles, with another 25 planned for the future.

All the current school buildings – described in the plans as “inadequate and unattractive” – will be bulldozed. The new school buildings will be “state of the art”, and the site will also be landscaped.

Head teacher Marie Corbett said, “Everyone at Invicta is really excited about the prospect of getting a modern school for our children. We can’t wait to get started!”

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