Council makes a splash at Wanstead High School

Published: 14 March 2018

Wanstead High School will undergo a huge revamp to provide new and improved facilities for pupils and the local community, Redbridge Council has announced.

The proposed scheme will see existing classrooms replaced with new teaching blocks. Upgraded dining and sports changing facilities are also part of the proposed multi-million pound project from the council.

As well as the extra facilities and new classrooms, the council plans to build a new state-of-the-art pool and gym complex at the school. The project is part of the council’s ambitious programme to improve leisure facilities across the borough for local communities. It has already completed the refurbishment of Loxford Pool and the new Mayfield Pool will be opening shortly. Work on the family leisure complex and school buildings is due to start in the autumn.

Proposals for the schemes will be presented to Cabinet followed by submission of a planning application. Funding for both projects will come from capital investment. In the case of leisure facilities, a bid will also be made to Sports England. The new family swimming pool and gym will become cost neutral in the longer term when balanced with admission fees.

Leader of the council, Cllr Jas Athwal, said: “These are exciting times for Wanstead as we continue to put our residents first by investing in the services they value.

“Following on from our refurbishment of Loxford Pool and the new Mayfield Pool, the leisure complex at Wanstead will be a fantastic resource for local families, schools and swimming clubs for generations to come.

“Our upgrade of the school will also create high quality facilities so our young people receive the very best education and start in life.

Bob Hamlyn, Headteacher of Wanstead High School said, “We are delighted that Redbridge has plans to make much needed improvements to Wanstead High School’s facilities. This proposed investment will go a long way to making sure we can continue to deliver first class education to the young people in this area”. 

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