Putney school boasts new £1.9m classrooms

Published: 21 April 2016

Children attending a primary school in Putney are enjoying lessons in bright new state-of the-art classrooms following a £1.9m investment in education facilities at their school.

Granard primary school has a new two storey building that houses eight classrooms, modern cloakroom and toilet facilities, a kitchen, staff room and also provides space for the school’s breakfast club and its after-school childcare and homework club.

This new Cedar Building – named after the magnificent 300-year-old Cedar tree, which stands in the school grounds, was officially opened by local author and illustrator Michael Foreman. 

The new building at Granard, which allows it to expand to a three forms of entry, is part of a wider effort to ensure there are enough school places available in the borough for every child who needs one.

Many additional classrooms have been provided recently in some of the borough’s most popular and high achieving schools in order to cope with rising demand. Last September a brand new school - Floreat Academy opened in Earlsfield to meet demand in that part of the borough – while this coming September the new Oasis Academy will open its doors for the first time on the site of the former derelict Putney Hospital site.

This expansion has ensured that every child who requires a reception class place in September has been offered one. And by expanding popular primary schools, more parents are getting one of their preferred choices. On Monday it emerged that 96 per cent of local parents had secured a September 2016 school place at one of their top three choices – despite applications rising by nearly five per cent year on year.

According to schools standards watchdog Ofsted nearly every child attending a Wandsworth primary is attending a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ one. Ninety six per cent of the borough’s primaries have been judged to have reached these high standards – the second best set of borough-wide scores across the capital.

Granard is rated ‘good’ by Ofsted and was one of nine Wandsworth schools last year to have achieved near perfect scores in national phonics tests.

These tests measure how well six-year-old pupils can read and understand written words and are an important element of the national curriculum and key to good writing and reading skills.

At Granard 95 per cent of its pupils passed – placing the school in the top five per cent of high performing schools nationally.

Education spokesman Cllr Kathy Tracey said: Granard is a great Putney school that has achieved some really excellent academic results and this new high quality school building will ensure that pupils have wonderful bright new modern classrooms to learn in.”