February 2018 – Progress photo
We are excited to see that demolition at Ryde House is well under way now. This is due to be completed by April 2018 and then building of the new school can commence!
December 2017 – Click here for a pdf version.
The Ryde House building is scheduled to start being demolished on 2 January 2018. All the planning conditions are with the Local Authority planning department and Lidl expect these to be signed off before this date. On 12 Dec, a local consultation was run by Lidl, informing local residents of the planned demolition where 30 of the attendees were comfortable with the plans.
The demolition is expected to take 12 weeks, with the contractor expected to start building works on site from Monday 9 April.
Keir are the appointed contractor for the build programme and the Trust and ESFA attended the kick-off meeting today, 13 December, where the plans were confirmed and outline timelines were agreed.
Hoardings will go up before Christmas and we are preparing a huge Deer Park banner for the site!
The programme is for a handover to the school at the end of August 2019 and while this remains possible, we are putting plans in place for there being inevitable minor delays that always occur to building programmes.
Temporary Facilities for September 2018
The Trust met with the ESFA and Local Authority recently to continue the discussions for the expansion to the temporary facilities for September 2018.
The ESFA has progressed the expansion into an area of the car park that is not utilised and we have outline plans for this expansion onto land mainly owned by the Local Authority. As previously mentioned, this will have two additional portacabins for September 2018.
There are challenges in the area, mainly with increasing the number of toilets and the lack of play space.
As you may be aware, our published admission number was to increase admissions in reception Sept 18 to 60 pupils. Having reviewed the temporary plans and the very tight handover for the new building, the Trust has decided that we will only take 30 children in September 2018. This will be from the admission point of Ryde House.
The planned capacity number in 2018/19 would be 120 now, which is lower than the previously planned 150 and much lower than the potential of 210 that could be in temporary facilities for a short period of time in September 2019.
This decision has not been taken lightly and was done so in consultation with the Local Authority and ESFA.
We are continuing discussions about how more play space can be added to the plans and the Local Authority have been hugely supportive in considering potential options for this. We would also like to thank the RACC and ESFA for supporting the schools development and expansion.
With the progress made over the past few weeks, we would like to invite parents to a meeting on 8 January 2018 at 3.30pm in school, to give more detail and the planned timeline for the new building.
Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2018!
October 2017 – Click here for a pdf version.
We were delighted to be informed that Lidl have received the formal decision notice regarding meeting the planning conditions. The Section 106 agreement (dealing with Highways issues) between Lidl and Richmond has also been signed. This was one of the issues that delayed moving onto the next stage of the process.
The demolition conditions were submitted to Richmond in late September and are expected to take 8 weeks to be approved. This requires Lidl to provide a dust management plan, construction management plan, waste management plan, along with noise and vibration plans. Once the demolition conditions have been agreed this will result in demolition of Ryde House commencing in December rather than the previously reported November.
The demolition is still planned for 10 weeks and should therefore be finished around the beginning of March 2018. With a clear site, and approval of the pre-commencement conditions, building work can then begin in late spring.
We are still being assured that the handover of the school will still take place in August 2019, ready for the school to start in its new building in September 2019.
September 2018 Arrangements
Outline agreement has been reached with London Borough of Richmond to use part of the Old Deer Park car park for two additional portacabins for September 2018. This will allow the school to grow by a further 60 pupils in 18/19 academic year. The next stage involves the formal written agreement and lease to be signed by both parties.
Lastly, we are very pleased to announce that we have clarified the basis for where distance from school is measured for admissions in September 2018. This will use Ryde House as the school as the basis of measurement. This will result in applications being prioritised according to the permanent location of the school at Ryde House rather than the temporary location at Richmond Adult Community College.
Parents can now apply for a place for September 2018 via eAdmissions website here.
September 2017 – Click here for a PDF version.
This bulletin aims to keep all interested parties of the latest updates that have been provided to us from Lidl regarding the new school site at Ryde House. The Trust, along with the ESFA have been in regular correspondence with Lidl over the summer holidays to get the latest information and we are pleased to be able to give you another update, with progress continuing behind the scenes
You will be aware that demolition at the site was planned for this July, however this has unfortunately fallen back due to the time it is taking for the planning conditions to be agreed. We are pleased to say that these have been agreed and we are waiting for the formal sign off from the local planning authority. All this needed to be agreed and in place before demolition can start and it has been a complicated process. Lidl are now in a position to move ahead swiftly with the next stages of conditions.
Following the finalising of the pre demolition conditions, the next stage of the process will be the start of demolition, which we expect to commence from November 2017, taking around 10 weeks. The demolition should therefore be finished around the beginning of February 2018, taking into account Christmas. With a clear site, and approval of the pre-commencement conditions, building work can then begin in the spring
Progress is being made and Lidl have been very helpful in keeping us updated on the progress of their negotiations and we expect these will be approved shortly. We can then start to see the building works begin!
September 2018 Arrangements
With the delay in the commencement of the demolition it has become readily apparent that the new school will not be ready for September 2018 and the move into the new school has been delayed by a year. As a result of this, the ESFA are looking at some further temporary accommodation to accommodate the new intake in September 2018 and whilst negotiations have yet to be concluded, they are at an advanced stage. The proposal is for two further mobile classrooms near to the current school buildings together with toilets. We will be able to provide further details once the negotiations have concluded
New classroom in dance studio
Lastly, we are very pleased that the work at our temporary site has been completed over the summer holidays, ready in time for the new school year. The old dance studio has been transformed into a fabulous classroom for year 2 and also provides a new space for mealtimes. This has freed up room in the original portakabin for our growing school.