In October 2016, Hasmonean High School submitted a planning application to move both the Girls’ and Boys’ school campuses onto one secured location.
View the plans here
Our application – a new home for the Hasmonean High School
We have recently submitted plans to Barnet Council to deliver modernised facilities for both the boys’ campus and girls’ campus at a single secure location, which will see the redevelopment of the existing girls’ campus and surrounding site.
Our plans will modernise all of our teaching spaces and facilities and provide sufficient outdoor play space, whilst keeping the boys’ campus and the girl’s campus separate to maintain our orthodox ethos.
The plans also include highways works to improve local safety and reduce congestion, a new access on Champion’s Way and significant landscaping improvements.
Our application will also enable us to provide two additional forms of entry – at present, we receive many more applications than we have capacity to fill, which has a detrimental impact on the wider community.
At present, the Council is consulting on the application with its partners, statutory bodies, community organisations, neighbours, and local residents.
So how can I help?
To help support our school and its future, we need your help.
Your elected councillors will make the decision to approve or refuse our plans to modernise and invest in the future of the Hasmonean High School.
Support from parents, staff, carers and all of those who are friends of our unique and important school will help to ensure they have the confidence to give our plans the go ahead.
Please follow the three steps detailed in this pack to give us the best possible chance of success.
Who decides the outcome of the application?
Following a consultation process, the Council’s Planning Department will use information gathered during the consultation and all relevant planning policy to make a recommendation about the planning application.
This recommendation is provided to Barnet Council’s Planning Committee, who have the power to approve or refuse planning permission. The Planning Committee is made up of 11 members from across the parties represented on Barnet Council and from different areas of Barnet.
There are 6 Conservative members and 5 Labour members.
The application will also be referred to the GLA and the Mayor of London, who will also decide whether to approve the plans.
The land identified for the development is the land next to, and including, the current girls’ campus on Page Street.
The plans have been submitted to address Hasmonean’s urgent need for a larger, fit for purpose, more modern school.
The two campuses would be adjacent to each other, but remaining separate, respecting Hasmonean’s ethos that girls and boys should be educated separately.
Having adjacent campuses on one site would enable us to deliver outstanding education far more efficiently and effectively than maintaining two sites including the ability to share some accommodation. This would also see a reduction of traffic movements, as staff will not have to commute during the teaching day between the two sites
The existing boys’ school buildings are in poor condition, with no room for expansion. The girls’ school buildings require significant modernisation and both campuses have insufficient recreational space, restricting access to sporting provision and outdoor play.
Our plans will modernise our teaching spaces and facilities, and provide sufficient outdoor play space.
A new, specially designed entrance will be constructed on Champion’s Way, reducing levels of dangerous on-street parking on Page Street and improving the flow of local traffic. There will be no vehicle or pedestrian access for the school onto Page Street as a result of the proposed scheme.
The plans include:
- A state of the art school for both boys and girls
- Separate facilities for boys and girls including separate sports halls, external spaces for seating and informal play, lecture theatre, main hall, and dining area
- A new, highly efficient environmentally friendly school building designed in keeping with the surrounding area
- High quality new sports facilities including a Multi-Use Sports Hall and pitches, which will be available for wider community use
- Purpose-designed teaching facilities including specialist areas for subjects such as Science, IT, Art, Drama and Music
- A school synagogue
Prior to the submission, we held a full community consultation to ensure stakeholders had an opportunity to help shape the proposals.
We were overwhelmed with the positive response our consultation gained, with 80% of respondents supporting the principle of the proposals. We would like to thank everyone who attended our exhibitions for their feedback and contributions.
Our team made a number of changes in response to some suggestions made at the consultation. Changes included a reduced site area and the omission of a nursery to preserve more of the green belt and public open space. The school have also allocated part of their site to public open space.
A further public footpath will also be created along Champions Way to support informal recreational uses such as dog walking.
We will positively engage in a community use agreement which will be part of a legal agreement for the site. Out of school times, this will enable the community to use the new sports facilities, such as the tennis courts and playing fields. It will also include the use of the changing facilities, and the main hall. Car parking for the facilities will also be provided on site.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please get in touch with a member of our team by calling 020 7566 7968 or emailing HRamsey@quatro-pr.co.uk.