New Primary School at Davidson Centre approved by Planning Committee on 14th June 2012

On June 14th Croydon Planning Committee approved the use of Davidson Centre as a 4-form entry Primary School. Local Addiscombe Councillor, Sean Fitzsimons, opposed the plans on the basis that a 4-form entry, which would result in over 800 children being taught at the school, on the basis that this number of children was too many for such a small site, especially as it has poor transport links. He argued for a 3-form entry or lower. The proposal was voted through by the Conservative Councillors despite objections about the lack of play facilities for the children.

The new school, called the Robert Fitzroy Academy, which will be part of the Reach2 Trust Academy Group. Contact details are:  email is headteacher@robertfitzroyacademy.com . Twitter is @RFitzroyAcademy . The local headteacher will be Michelle Panchoo, with Mark Elms having the role of National Leader of Education.

Local Councillors concerns about the poor public transport links have been confirmed as many of the children will come from areas that are a distance from the school. As of early July over 110 places have been confirmed and the children come from the following wards.

Addiscombe

14

Ashburton

4

Bensham Manor

8

Broad Green

18

Croham

2

Fairfield

10

Purley

1

Selhurst

17

South Norwood

16

Thornton Heath

1

Waddon

8

West Thornton

6

Woodside

5

Total

110

For those without cars the journey will be a difficult one as only the 410 runs down Davidson Road and it is one of the smaller type of single decker buses. Already in the morning most 410 buses into Croydon are full by the time they reach this school, and residents are concerned that it may make it more difficult for others to get on this bus in the mornings. Local councillors have promised to press for better public transport and for better road safety including a 20mph zone around the school.

About Sean

Councillor for Addiscombe Ward, 1994-2006, re-elected in May 2010 along with Mark Watson and Patricia Hay-Justice. Since May 2014 Chair of Scrutiny. Lives locally in Addiscombe.

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