Avanton and Thomas’s London Day Schools are consulting with the local community and key stakeholders on their emerging draft proposals to transform the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters, at 36 Battersea Square, into an inaugural senior school, to be known as Thomas’s Battersea Square.
Subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents, the proposals will create a new, coeducational school for students aged 11 to 18 which will offer a world-class, progressive education that is forward-thinking and outward-looking.
The scheme will look to sensitively refurbish and extend the site’s existing buildings and includes 26 learning spaces, a double height hall, sixth form centre, dining facilities and large central atrium.
The school will be designed to accommodate c504 pupils and given their ages (11-18) it is likely that the majority of older pupils will travel independently, either by walking, cycling or by public transport. In addition, approximately 20% of the pupils at the preparatory school next door, are likely to be siblings of pupils in the proposed senior school and therefore any pupils who currently get dropped off by a car would travel to and from school in the same car, therefore not adding additional car journeys onto the local highway network.
The scheme proposes to retain and re-use the historic Victorian granary building, built in 1840, and to demolish and replace the modern granary extension, alongside the creation of a new, subservient northern extension.
The school proposals will sit within the envelope of the existing consented residential scheme on the site, ensuring that neighbouring buildings are afforded similar levels of lighting and privacy.
The new school will enable Thomas’s London Day Schools to deepen and extend its long-standing proven record of community engagement delivered in partnership with the Thomas’s Foundation, a registered charity, with activities including financing community projects within the local neighbourhood, funding bursaries for pupils to attend Thomas’s Battersea in Years 7 & 8, supporting children’s education in rural Nepal and assisting vulnerable pupils at the state funded Thomas’s Academy in Fulham.
The Thomas’s Foundation is also active in supporting activities in local schools and organisations including the Christ Church C-of-E Primary, Falconbrook Primary School, St. George’s C of E Primary, Westbridge Primary School, Ark John Archer Primary Academy, Goldfinch Primary, Beyond Autism Schools, Katherine Low Settlement and Providence House Youth Club.
In early 2021, the Royal Academy of Dance will be vacating 36 Battersea Square and relocating to its brand new 70,000 sqft headquarters at Coda on York Road, a new mixed use development by Avanton.
Subject to planning consent and refurbishment works, the new Thomas’s Battersea Square School could be operational by late 2022.