E21C breaks ground for the building of Eden Park High School

We’re delighted to announce that the construction for Eden Park High School has officially begun!

Following Bromley’s Council’s decision to approve construction of Eden Park High School at the Council’s Plans Sub-Committee meeting on the 22nd February, the laying of the groundwork in preparation for construction is underway in Balmoral Road, Beckenham. With multiple diggers and an experienced building crew on-site since April, the school is on track for its planned opening in September 2019.

Having officially welcomed its first intake at its temporary site at The Ravensbourne School in Hayes Lane last year, both students and staff are looking forward to making the move to the permanent site in just under 18 months’ time.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to see several years of dedicated campaigning and perseverance finally pay off, as the building work for Eden Park High School begins,” says Head Teacher, Emily Codling, “It’s the culmination of a lot of hard work from local parents, local people and the E21C Trust, all of whom are delighted with the plans for the school and the progress so far.”

The new school, which operates extended hours, is helping alleviate a chronic shortage of secondary school provision in the Borough, ultimately providing 1,600 places for local students.

Construction begins on Eden Park High School

The foundations for a new Beckenham secondary school have finally been laid.

Bromley Council approved the proposal to start construction of Eden Park High School, on Balmoral Road, in February.

The new education site will open in September 2019.

Head teacher Emily Codling said: “It’s incredibly rewarding to see several years of dedicated campaigning and perseverance finally pay off, as the building work for Eden Park High School begins.

“It’s the culmination of a lot of hard work from local parents, local people and the E21C Trust, all of whom are delighted with the plans for the school and the progress so far.”

Its first ever intake of students are currently being taught at a temporary site at The Ravensbourne School in Hayes.

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E21C welcomes William Willett Trust

We are delighted to announce that William Willett Learning Trust has merged with Education for the 21st Century Trust (E21C), after approval from the Secretary of State for Education.

The two Trusts have merged under the name of E21C, with the newly established Trust now comprising of eight schools across the Borough of Bromley and Kent. With the merger official from 1st May 2018, Coopers School and Mead Road Infant have joined Eden Park High School, The Ravensbourne School, Blenheim Primary, Mottingham Primary, Scotts Park Primary and Spires Academy in the Trust’s collection of schools.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome the staff and students from the William Willett Learning Trust into the E21C family,” says Paul Murphy, CEO of E21C. “The merger with William Willett Learning Trust is an exciting opportunity for both communities to join forces and build on existing strengths, working together to provide a better future for all our students.”

Shirley Puxty, Principal of Coopers School – now also Deputy CEO of E21C following the merger – says, “We’re thrilled to be part of E21C; its philosophy of the importance of the whole child and not just academic achievements, reflects the ethos of both Coopers School and Mead Road Infant. We’re looking forward to an exciting future within the newly-formed Trust.”

Paul Murphy will remain as Headteacher of The Ravenbourne School, and Shirley Puxty will continue as Principal of Coopers School, alongside her new role as Deputy CEO of E21C. Cathy Whiting will remain as the Trust’s Chief Operating Officer, with Rob Carling the Trust’s new Chief Financial Officer, whilst retaining the role of Vice Principal of Coopers School. All other school structures will remain unchanged.

The Trust has a full complement of Members, Trustees and Governors.