The Judith Kerr Primary School is a thriving, all inclusive state primary school, currently teaching 240 mixed ability children. JKPS leases its building and grounds, which includes the only playing field, from The Dulwich Estate. The Dulwich Estate incorporated an option into the lease allowing it to develop residential housing on the playing field subject to planning permission. If the development is approved, the playing field will be permanently lost to the school.
The Key Facts
We were delighted with the support shown by unanimous decision of the Southwark Council Planning Committee to grant permission for: 16/AP/1944 | Change of use of a former caretaker's house to extend an existing primary school (Use Class D1) and the retention of the use of the grounds of the former James Black Institute Research Facility as a playing field and other uses ancillary to the school on 17th January 2017. The support of Helen Hayes, MP, Jane Lyons, Southwark Councillor, and all the supporters who turned out on the night showed our community strength. Thank you to all involved!
240 children are currently studying at the school, learning a rich curriculum delivered in English and German. The intake comes from a wide area, made up of 50% proximity, 50% lottery. Ofsted rated it 'Good' this year. Extensive building work finished last Easter and the school will be at its capacity of 350 children in two years time. (Last year there were 184 applications for 50 reception places). Losing the Green Space which is the playing and sports field would remove a vital resource from this thriving community.