Newly merged Rhyl school ready to welcome pupils

Rhyl Community Primary School is set to welcome pupils from September 2021 following a decision to merge Rhyl and Carlton Primary Schools earlier this year.

Following a comprehensive consultation led by Camden Council and a decision by the Council’s Cabinet in March 2021, Rhyl Community Primary School will be expanded to include the site of Carlton Primary School from September 2021.

Teaching will take place on both sites, as well as new facilities and services opening, including new nursery places for two-year-olds.

Both schools supported the merger which was decided after falling school pupil numbers in the area meant both schools risked becoming financially unviable in the future.

Relaunching as Rhyl Community Primary School, the merged school will be open for primary pupils aged between five and eleven in the Kentish Town and Gospel Oak area, in addition to expanded nursery places.

We can't wait to welcome children back in September to our fantastic school. It's been a tough year for everyone. But the future looks bright - this is such an exciting new chapter for all of us at Rhyl Community Primary School. Our focus over the summer term has been on teamwork and collaboration and we’re very excited about our plans for learning together in September.

I am very much looking forward to our new Nursery opening next term, along with the newly-refurbished classrooms. Our new two-year-olds’ Nursery will be opening next term with a children’s centre to follow – this means that Rhyl will be able to extend and build upon our already excellent provision to children and families, from early years through the primary phase and onto secondary school. Rhyl will truly be a school at the heart of the local community.
Helen Connor, Headteacher at Rhyl Community Primary School
Rhyl Community Primary School will not only draw upon the strengths of both Rhyl and Carlton schools together but will continue to be place where children can learn, grow and flourish. I know Rhyl Community Primary School will continue to be a brilliant school for local families in Gospel Oak and Kentish Town, so I encourage local families to consider applying for a school place.
Cllr Angela Mason, Cabinet Member for Best Start for Children and Families

Carlton Primary School’s site and facilities will also remain in use for the school’s local community and for the benefit of children and their families. The Council is working closely with both schools and the local community to develop a Community Hub on the site of Carlton School to include innovative new early years, family and community support services on the premises.

To engage with the local community, an informal working group led by both schools are working to understand the needs and aspirations for the Community Hub to ensure local people are at the centre of the Hub’s development. Activities and services running from the Hub will aim to start from September 2021.