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The Queen's C of E
Primary School

Progress Updates

On this page you'll find regular updates.  The project team at the Education Funding Agency (EFA are the client for this project not The Queen's School) moves at a quick pace and at times we learn of developments with very little notice.  We will do our very best to ensure we communicate as quickly as possible. Please return to this page regularly to see updates.

Progress to date - September 2016

Well, we're in and settled and you can see some photos in the latest newsletter.  The demolition is happening very quickly and this week saw the boiler house chimney being brought down.  Many of the children were disappointed to miss this as it was done outside of school hours. They can see it in the video below. You'll also see the excellent dust suppression system in operation which has kept our new building and playground clean and the air fresh.












Progress to date - July 2016

Well... lots has been happening on the new school site and although access has been limited you can see some new photos from the link on the right.  A lot of work has been completed on the whole site and you can see some of the fabulous colours that are being used throughout the building, catch a glimpse of the new PE equipment in the hall, see the state of the art kitchen and for the geeks amongst you there's's a picture of one of our two new server cabinets (complete with lots of flashing lights!).

Progress to date - May 2016

So much has happened that we thought it was time to produce a "progress to date" movie.  Please click on the video below to watch it.














Progress to date - November 2015

The steel frame of the new school is almost complete and it gives all of us here at Queen’s an idea of the size and scale of the new building.  It has caused great excitement amongst the children and staff and we’ve had lots of eager faces peering through the specially constructed viewing portals.

Before half term all of the children had the opportunity to go “behind the scenes” in a safety viewing area to look at the building in more detail and to talk to one of the builders about what was happening. 

Progress to date - October 2015

The site has been cleared and the foundations laid together with holding down bolts for the steelwork.  The steel frame has begun to be erected using a bolted frame construction.  It's now possible to see the shape and scale of the new school building and the children are being encouraged to observe progress through the specially constructed viewing portals in the site perimeter fencing.  There is a Photo Gallery showing some of the demolition and construction work on this page.

Progress to date - August 2015

Demolition and building of new classrooms started the day after the end of term.  The Year 1 and 2 classrooms have been demolished to make room for the preparation of the site for the construction of the new school building.  New classrooms are being built within the school.  There is a Photo Gallery showing some of the demolition and construction work on this page.

Progress to date - March 2015

The following was sent via ParentMail on March 17th, 2015

Dear Parents and Carers

School new build | Timeline updates

We are pleased to report that the planning application has been validated and public consultation is now taking place.

Ground-breaking will now take place during the summer of 2015, so there will be no changes to the classroom configuration, as previously defined on the website (see below), until September 2015. This also means that there will be no disruption to children and staff during this academic year. These changes will not impact our completion date dramatically, as we will look to open the doors of the new school in September 2016 with improvements to the grounds evolving throughout the Autumn term of 2016.

We thank you for your continued support during this very important time for our school.

Kind regards,


Katie Bentham                   Bonney Venning
Head Teacher                   Chair of Governors

Progress to date - February 2015

The following was sent via ParentMail on February 13th, 2015

Dear Parents/Carers

RE: Temporary Building Works at The Queen’s School

We are very excited to share that the next stage of the building project is due to begin during the Easter holidays.  This work is in preparation for the much anticipated start of the new build:

  • Hoarding will be erected between the school and the building site so that the builders will operate on their site and we can operate the school as normal ensuring the children’s safety. The hoarding will have peep holes so that the children can keep an eye on the progress of the new school
  • The Lower School Hall will be converted to accommodate both Reception classrooms with a corridor running around the perimeter.  An outside area will be created at the end of the current staff car park.  New doors from the classrooms to the outside area will be created and toilets will be provided in a temporary block. The classrooms will have doors between them so the provision can be spread across the classrooms in the way that it is currently done in the creative learning area
  • Year 1 will move into the Reception classrooms they occupied during their Reception year
  • The current creative learning area will be converted into a classroom for Y2 Maple class.  New walls and doors will be created
  • The current library will become a classroom for Y2 Oak class
  • The group room between the Y4 classrooms will be extended, and it will become the library
  • The front fence will be upgraded where necessary to provide a safe boundary.  The front of the school will become the playground for the children and no parking (except disabled) will be available on site

We can assure you that there is a plan in place to minimise disruption and secure safe spaces for the children’s learning and playing. We can also confirm that the contractors are very experienced working in school environments and are considerate and understanding of our activities, learning and our children’s well being.  Over the next half term we will work through detailed arrangements for playtimes, clubs and other activities that may be affected by the building works and will share information with you as soon as we are able to.

We will take the opportunity to share more detail with you and give you the opportunity to ask questions at an open evening at the beginning of March. Please look out for communications confirming the date, time and agenda. You can also get updates from the school website.

This is an exciting time for The Queen’s School, and we will do everything in our power to make it as smooth a transition as possible.

Best wishes,

Katie Bentham                                      Bonney Venning
Headteacher                                         Chair of Governors

Progress to date - December 2014

Our plans for the new school are proceeding and a public consultation meeting was held on Monday 1st December.  This meeting was part of the regulatory process prior to submission of a formal planning application.  You can see some of the proposed drawings of the school below.


Progress to date - November 2014

After the current project planning phase, we are very pleased to announce the next stage of the project, an Invitation to a public engagement on The Queen’s C of E Primary School plans for a new building. 

Our plans for the new, state of the art building have been given the go-ahead recently by the Government and we would like to share them with you. on Monday 1st December 2014 at The Queen’s C of E Primary School, Cumberland Road, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3HJ.  Everyone is invited to drop in at anytime between 2.30pm-7.30pm when you can review the proposals, ask any questions and give us your feedback.

Work on the new building will commence in the Spring of 2015 and is expected to be complete by Summer 2016.

The project comprises of a new school building for a two-form entry 420 place school. The scheme also proposes the demolition of the existing school building.

Progress to date - March 2014

The Headteacher and Chair of Governors attended an initial briefing in December, when our batch was launched.  At the meeting key personnel from the EFA were introduced and an overview of the process was outlined.

 In the first half of this term, initial site visits and surveys took place.  These included a feasibility study, a topological survey and an IT survey.  No new furniture or equipment will be provided so an inventory of what we currently have is being taken.  IT infrastructure designed to meet our future needs will be provided. Further surveys are continuing this half term and include an 'underground survey' which is currently taking place.  You may have noticed or heard about work taking place on the school grounds.  This survey involves digging holes and making investigations.  

The holes are filled immediately and the work will be completed in the next few days.  The contractors have been very considerate of the school's operations and stop work during playtimes and lunchtimes when the children are outside.  All the health and safety measures you would expect in order to protect our children are firmly in place and being closely monitored by the school.



Following a meeting with our project team just before the half term break, the school is currently working on documents that will inform the project team of how our school works and this will influence school specific elements of our design.  Part of this work is an 'adjacencies model' which will help to ensure that the internal layout works well for us.  At this meeting the team also informed us that their aim would be to build the new school on a section of the grounds where the school is not currently located, while the existing school buildings continue to be used.  This would avoid the need for temporary classroom accommodation.  Obviously any building work will have some impact on use of the grounds and when we have sufficient information we will need to plan for this.