Hawley Primary School opens
Today (Thursday November 3) marks a new chapter in the long history of Hawley school, with the opening of the new Hawley Primary School.
Part of the Hawley Wharf redevelopment, Hawley Primary School replaces Hawley Infants School, which had been located at its Camden Town site for more than 100 years.
The Infants School had outgrown its site, with no space for expansion and no linked junior school for pupils to attend once they reached aged seven. The previous building was also in need of modernisation and on-going investment.
An opportunity arose for a new 210-place ‘all-through’ primary school, including a 26 place nursery, to be built as part of the Hawley Wharf redevelopment, which is funded by developer, Stanley Sidings Ltd.
The new site is located just 300 metres from the previous site, but is larger and will allow pupils to stay at one school until they move on to secondary school.
The highly energy efficient new building includes improved classroom facilities for teaching and learning around a central courtyard area. Each classroom has its own outdoor space, including rooftop terraces, and there is also hard play space, a multi-games area and garden.
The project has also converted the neighbouring Grade II-listed former Georgian home for school use and the old decorative iron gates from the Infants School have been relocated to the new school.
“I am delighted that the new Hawley Primary School has such a fantastic new building. Local parents will be pleased that the new site is able to educate their children from nursery age, right through to when they’re old enough for secondary school. Camden has some of the best primary schools in the country and I’m certain that Hawley Primary is going to educate and inspire children for many years to come.”