We have addressed some of your most common questions about the plans for Harris Academy Sixth Form Centre.
Where is the site?The site for the new sixth form is the location of the existing changing block and disused old swimming pool for the Harris Academy Sports Centre on Wennington Road. The sports hall is being retained, with the drab single storey pool and changing block being demolished to deliver a new state of the art post-16 learning facility, as well as new changing facilities for the sports hall, community facilities and other uses.

Why is the sixth form being built?The Sixth Form Centre is being funded by the Department for Education to meet an identified need for post-16 education in Rainham and the wider area. The new centre represents partnership investment into the local area to transform the life chances of young people.

What will the new sixth form look like?The new building will be a three-storey block providing state of the art learning facilities. It will replace an existing single storey building of poor architectural merit and drab appearance. The new building will be stepped back from Wennington Road with a two-storey frontage at that location to preserve the amenity of neighbouring properties. Set within enhanced landscaping, the new building will incorporate high quality design and materials.

What facilities will the new sixth form have?The new Sixth Form will have landscaped open space outside, including breakout areas and social spaces. There will also be dedicated secure and covered cycle-parking. Inside, there will be state-of-the-art learning facilities, including lecture halls, classrooms, laboratories and workshop spaces. There will also be social spaces and eateries.

The new building will also have spaces available for community use for a range of activities, and will provide new changing facilities for the school sports hall.

How many students will be attending?The new Sixth Form will provide fantastic post-16 educational opportunities for 400 young people from the local area.

Will there be a travel plan for the sixth form?There will be a detailed Travel Plan for the new Sixth Form which will be developed in collaboration with the local highways authority. Students will be prevented from taking their own cars to school and onsite parking will be provided for staff. Extensive cycle parking is being provided and with the majority of students travelling from the local area, they will be encouraged to cycle.

The majority of staff at the new Sixth Form already work at Harris Academy Rainham, so there will not be a significant increase in staff numbers travelling to the site.

Unlike secondary schools, Sixth Form centres have young people arriving and leaving for lectures at staggered times throughout the day depending on the courses they are taking. There is less of a defined “drop-off” and “pick-up” where everyone arrives and leaves at once.

How will you ensure there is no disruption on Wennington Road?During consultation, we noted comments from some residents in Wennington Road, who, while recognising the need for post-16 educational provision in Rainham, nonetheless raised some concerns about access to the Sixth Form and the existing problems with on-street parking relating to the drop-off and pick-up at Brady Primary School.

The project team has been working with the Highways Department at London Borough of Havering Council and have agreed a holistic approach to addressing the situation with school-related parking on Wennington Road. This will be delivered through a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) covering a section of Wennington Road fronted by Brady Primary School and the new Sixth Form. 

The TRO will sit alongside the Sixth Form Travel Plan to ensure that any concerns raised by residents are addressed wherever possible. The range of measures include:
  • Access to Sixth Form site for staff only, with gate closed at school peak times.
  • A policy of no drop-off or pick-up for Sixth Form students on Wennington Road.
  • Sixth Form design now includes student access from Lambs Lane through the existing Harris Academy Rainham site, in addition to pedestrian and cycle access from Wennington Road.
  • The TRO introduces School Keep Clear restrictions at both Brady Primary and Sixth Form (Staff Only) access gates.
  • The TRO introduces new waiting restrictions on Wennington Road, as well as adjustment of existing waiting restrictions.
These measures aim to improve the existing situation and to prevent the obstruction of residential driveways. It will encourage more responsible parking and “park and stride” amongst pupils and parents at Brady Primary School. 

More detail on the TRO proposals can be downloaded HERE.

Will there be a drainage strategy for the site?The site is located within Flood Zone 1 of the Environment Agency’s Flood Map and is therefore considered to be at the lowest possible risk of flooding. The detailed drainage strategy for the site will deliver significant betterment to the existing situation in the surrounding area.

Will there be a Construction Management Plan?The demolition and construction will be subject to a detailed construction management plan that will be agreed with the local planning authority (Havering Borough Council). The Construction Management Plan will be designed to keep any disruption to neighbouring residents and schools to a minimum. This will include limits on hours of work and a dedicated site contact for residents to contact should any matters arise during construction.

Working with local stakeholders, we will explore opportunities for open days on site during construction for local school children and other interested groups.

When will the sixth form open for students?Depending on progress with planning, it is intended that the building will be completed in November 2022 with its first full academic year starting in September 2023.
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