THE SCHOOL SITE
The new school will be situated on the site of Old Bellenden School, at 165 Bellenden Road, SE15 4DG. We are very excited by the opportunity we have to restore this extraordinary Victorian school building for use by a new generation of children.
We are working with Haverstock, an award-winning architectural practice with many years' experience designing schools, to make best use of the existing Victorian architecture whilst updating the site to create an educational space fit for the 21st century.
For the academic year 2016-17, the school is operating a dual site, with Years 1 and 2 based in temporary buildings at the Thomas Calton Centre on Alpha Street, SE15 4NX and the school office plus the two Reception classes admitted in 2016 based at Faith Chapel Halls at 198 Bellenden Road, SE15 4BW, directly opposite the permanent school site.
For the first term of the academic year 2017-18, the school will operate across three sites: Reception in Faith Chapel, Year 1 in Thomas Calton and Years 2 and 3 in the ground floor of our main building. The whole school will move across to the permanent site in January 2018 when the building will be completed. For further information see our FAQ and building blog pages.
The halls at Faith Chapel have been converted to vibrant zoned classrooms with brand new learning resources, creative play areas and Early Years ICT equipment.
An outdoor area provides children with space to play, grow plants and observe nature. Children are also regularly taken to Warwick Gardens and other local green spaces. The school uses Bellenden Road Scout Hut for movement and games, and has exclusive use of the church gardens at Copleston Road for outdoor learning and play.
The temporary buildings at Thomas Calton are spacious and airy with a 'green' play space and a separate dining hall block.
Free hot school dinners are cooked by chefs at Dulwich Hamlet Junior School and transported in thermal containers to Faith Chapel and Thomas Calton at lunchtimes.
Old Bellenden School
Architect’s impression of the first floor