Delivering a Sixth Form for Rainham has been an aspiration for some years now. Having identified a local need for post-16 education places in Rainham, the Department for Education is funding a state-of-the-art new Sixth Form Centre in partnership with Harris Academy Rainham. 

The new Sixth Form will provide post-16 education for 400 students, to transform the life chances of local young people with preparation for further education, university, training or employment. There will be two year-groups of up to 200 students in each. The Sixth Form is intended to meet an identified need in the immediate locality, and it is envisaged that approximately 150 of each year group will be students who already study at Harris Academy Rainham, with the remainder coming from other local secondary schools. 

ISG, a global construction group, has been appointed to deliver the Rainham’s Sixth Form Centre and has submitted a planning application for the new building.
The site

The site for the new Sixth Form is part of the wider Harris Academy and is currently occupied by a drab building containing the changing rooms for the school sports hall as well as a former swimming pool which is no longer used.

Our plans will see this building demolished to make way for a fantastic state of the art education facility for Rainham’s young people, meeting an identified need for post-16 educational provision in the town.

The existing school sports hall will remain, with the new Sixth Form building incorporating new changing facilities as well as facilities for community use.  

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The new Sixth Form will provide state-of-the-art lecture halls, learning space and social areas to accommodate up to 400 post-16 students. The Sixth Form building will also have spaces available for the use of the wider community for things such as meetings, exercise classes, community learning, etc.

How the main hall could look (click to enlarge)

How the sixth form study area could look (click to enlarge)

Access and travel

Parking will be provided for staff only, as well as dedicated parking for disabled people. The majority of staff will be part of the existing Harris Academy Rainham team so there will be no significant increase in staff numbers travelling to the site. The staff car park will be via gated access off Wennington Road. This access will be strictly controlled and locked within school hours. Only staff will be able to use the gates. 

New waiting restrictions are proposed for Wennington Road, to improve the current situation relating to school drop-off at the neighbouring Primary School and to enforce a policy of no student drop-off or pick-up for the Sixth Form on Wennington Road. 

The school travel plan will prohibit students from bringing cars to school, with cycling, walking and public transport being encouraged. Extensive secure and covered cycle parking will be provided for staff and students. 

Unlike a primary or secondary school, students tend to arrive at Sixth Form Centres at different times throughout the day depending on the courses they are taking and the timings of lectures and meetings. As a result, they do not generate the same rush at drop-off and pick-up time as a school does.

Wennington Road Traffic Regulation Order A new Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) has been agreed with London Borough of Havering. The TRO will sit alongside the Sixth Form Travel Plan to ensure that any concerns raised by Wennington Road residents during consultation 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
You can view a summary of the TRO proposals for Wennington Road HERE

How the new Sixth Form Centre will look

Our architects have produced artist’s impressions of how the new Sixth Form Centre will look. The new building will be three storeys. This will be stepped back from a two-storey frontage on Wennington Road to respect the scale and amenity of neighbouring properties. 

The new Sixth Form will incorporate high quality design and materials. There will also be a landscaping strategy for the site which will incorporate tree planting. The high quality design of the Sixth Form and enhanced landscaping will deliver a marked improvement to the school’s frontage onto Wennington Road. 

There will be a drainage strategy for the new Sixth Form site which will improve the existing surface water drainage for residents in the locality.

Planning application and next steps

We have now submitted a planning application for the new Sixth Form Centre to London Borough of Havering Council. If approved, we will them be able to get on with work to deliver a fantastic new Sixth Form for Rainham’s young people. 

You can view the planning application in full on the Council’s website HERE. The Council is currently carrying out a statutory consultation on the planned Sixth Form. You can register comments, including comments in support of the new Sixth Form, via the Council’s statutory consultation HERE.

If you have any further questions about the plans, please visit our FAQs page or get in touch via hello@harrisrainhamsixthform.com or our contact page.


UPDATED 10 March 2021: Our consultation has now closed. However, you can still take a moment to let us know what you think of our plans by completing the short form below. If you would like to be kept updated about the Rainham Sixth Form project, please let us know by ticking the box at the end of the questionnaire.

Do you support the provision of state-of-the-art Sixth Form facilities for Rainham’s young people? Please select one option

Do you like the emerging designs of the building?

The new Sixth Form is being provided to address an identified need for post-16 provision in Rainham, providing educational opportunities and choice for young people in preparation for higher education, training and employment. Do you welcome this?

It is proposed to produce a detailed Travel Plan for the new Sixth Form Centre which will forbid students from driving to school, encouraging them to walk, cycle or take the bus to classes instead. Do you welcome this?

Do you have any suggestions for the Travel Plan?
Do you have any other comments about the planned new Sixth Form Centre?
Are you or a family member a prospective student at the sixth form?Please choose one option

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