Our Future School
After working with Department for Education and Camden Council to identify an alternative permanent site, we are at an early stage in securing some space for a site on the large Haverstock School site, which would provide a single discrete area for our school. Haverstock School has spare capacity on its site that has the potential to accommodate Abacus Belsize Primary School in full and the site is conveniently located within our catchment area. Initial exploratory work indicates that it could be possible to secure an area of the school with separate classrooms, entrance and playground area to ensure the distinct nature of the provision of both schools. Both schools would keep their separate identity and would simply be adjacent to one another on the large site, though, of course, we would hope to achieve some beneficial synergies for both schools going forward, such as shared use of sporting facilities. Detailed discussions are ongoing between both schools, and with the DfE and the Council, to ensure that any decision to proceed is taken in the best interests of our pupils but we are hopeful that this will provide a suitable site for our school. Fortunately the area of Haverstock where we are hoping to site Abacus only needs some refurbishment works, alongside some reconfiguring of the outside playground area. This means that we are hopeful that we would be able to move to the site in the academic year 2022/23.
Whilst we are located in Camley Street, we are offering a bus service every morning and afternoon. Currently, we offer 2 pick up locations in catchment locations (Belsize Park Library, Antrim gardens and the Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre in Swiss cottage) which opens from 8am each morning as a drop off facility for parents. Children are supervised by Abacus staff at these locations and the school bus service collects from here and transports children to the new school site on Camley Street. These buses are staffed by Abacus.
Each class teacher is in catchment once a week to allow parents to talk on a regular basis about student progress. The Headteacher and Deputy Head are also in catchment 1 or 2 times a week to meet and talk.
The bus service is offered free of charge and is a booked service with some flexibility for families who would like to bring their child to school themselves.