New specialist school set to provide extra places for Newham children with £11.7 million of funding

12 March 2018 in Education
A Newham special school, which will receive a brand new high tech building, held a ceremony to lay the foundations.
A Newham special school, which will receive a brand new high tech building, held a ceremony to lay the foundations.
​The new secondary site for Eleanor Smith School in East Ham will provide specialist provision for children and young people with social, emotional, behavioural and mental health (SEMH)  needs and is part of a wider programme of investment in this area.

Councillor Rev. Quintin Peppiatt, cabinet member for children and young people and ward councillor Lakmini Shah were on hand to lay the last piece of concrete with Rebekah Iiyambo, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of  Eko Trust, and students from Eleanor Smith who will benefit from the new building.

Eleanor Smith is an all through special school, split over two sites and is part of the Eko Trust, a Multi-Academy Trust. The multi-million pound works will allow the secondary school to relocate from Lawson Close (Custom House) to a new site in Flanders Road (East Ham).

The Flanders Road site is approx. 9,000sqm and approx. 2,500sqm will be taken up by the new building. The new school will consist of nine new formal classrooms, therapy rooms, a family room, a behaviour support room, food technology and science rooms and a new kitchen. The school will also have  informal teaching spaces and will be fitted out with new furniture and ICT equipment.

The new school building will also have an internal zen garden to enable students to be calm and regulate their own behaviour,  landscaped external gardens and a multi-use games area.

The project will allow the school to increase the number of secondary aged pupils that attend from 32 to 54.

Newham’s Local Educational Partner (The LEP) are delivering this project through its construction partner Jerram Falkus. The architects on the project are Rivington Street. The works started in October 2017 and are set to be completed early 2019.

Councillor Rev Quintin Peppiatt, cabinet member for children and young people services said: “This project has been a long time coming and the mayor, myself and ward councillors have worked to secure the land and also the funding for the new Eleanor Smith school. I am delighted to be building a new facility for our children.

“We are absolutely committed to investing in our schools and providing the best learning environments that will inspire teachers, pupils and the wider community. This school is an investment in the future of our children. Once complete it will be the leading SEMH provision in the borough, and one that the borough can be truly proud of. I look forward to coming back when the school is fully built.”

Rebekah Iiyambo, CEO of Eko Trust, said: “The council have worked hard to deliver our vision for the new school and the architects and builders have been fantastic in listening to our needs. The new school will allow us to offer high quality teaching in areas like science, and support more children who have complex social, emotional and mental health needs.

“In addition to this, our new school will deliver a training facility so we can support parents and teachers from other schools to develop their skills in dealing with children who have special educational needs and disabilities.  The space will enable us to develop our Thrive centre, the first in London and support more children and young people in a therapeutic way.”

Five new or expanded specialist resource provisions attached to mainstream schools and colleges are also planned throughout the borough. The additional investment in this area  will support  the implementation of  the council’s Best for All Strategy, which is about improving services and outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disability