Primary School

Ground Breaking Ceremony

The official start of construction of ARK’s Isaac Newton Primary Academy in Ilford was celebrated with a ground breaking ceremony on 26 February. The new state-of-the-art primary school will be built next to the secondary school on the site of the old Ilford Swimming Baths.

It will provide 630 places for local children between four and eleven years old from September 2014, creating an all-through school where children can develop strong relationships with their teachers from age four up to eighteen which will prepare them well for going to university when they leave school.

Primary headteacher, Tam Broadway, and secondary students from Isaac Newton Academy donned their hard-hats and safety gear for the event and were joined by the Leader of the London Borough of Redbridge, Councillor Keith Prince, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Alan Weinberg MBE and the Mayor of Redbridge, Councillor Felicity Banks as well as senior staff from Bouygues UK.

Tam Broadway, said “I feel extremely privileged and honoured to be joining ARK’s Isaac Newton Primary Academy as the founding headteacher. It’s a rare and golden opportunity to be able to create a new school from scratch and to watch it being built day by day. Staff, students and I look forward to welcoming our founder cohort of reception children and their families in September 2014. We are committed to giving our pupils the best possible start in life in an outstanding primary school that the community of Redbridge can be proud of.”


The new primary school, designed by Pollard Thomas Edwards architects, will have a polycarbonate façade to create a ‘glowing box’ effect. Pupils who attended the ceremony are part of a project team involved in the design of the academy’s uniform and colour scheme. Taylor Boon, a year 8 pupil, said: “It’s amazing to be included in the design and to be able to see such an outstanding building being built.”

As a memory of the day, Arnaud Bekaert, Managing Director of Bouygues UKs London and South East Construction team, presented pupils with a specially engraved trowel to display at their school when it is finished. He said: “We are delighted that work has begun on creating this modern, vibrant learning environment that will inspire generations of local children for years to come.”

Councillor Alan Weinberg MBE added: “Redbridge’s results are at the top of the table year after year. This project will go a long way to ensure that we have the places available for all of the young people whose parents want them to be educated in the Borough.”

Isaac Newton Primary Academy Prospectus

 Isaac Newton Primary School Prospectus

Message from the Principal

In September 2014 the primary phase of Isaac Newton Academy will open in new, purpose-built accommodation on the site of the old Ilford Swimming Baths, next to Isaac Newton Secondary Academy.

It will have an agreed Pupil Admission Number of 90 (3 form entry) pupils in the reception year from its planned opening.  The academy will normally admit ‘rising fives’ i.e. all children will normally be admitted to the reception year at school in the September following their fourth birthday.

In accordance with paragraph 2.16 of the Admissions Code, a parent may request that a place be deferred until later in the academic year or until the term in which the child reaches compulsory school age.

A parent may request that their child takes up the place part-time until compulsory school age is reached.

The Academy will consider any such requests on an individual basis; however it reserves the right to decline if it is impractical to arrange in terms of space, the demand that exists from other qualifying applicants for places and/or the arrangements for the allocation of teaching resources. NOTE: In respect of a child born late in an academic year, for example in July or August, a place cannot be deferred for a whole academic year (i.e. to the following September) only within the year for which the application is made. Parents who wish to defer a place for a whole year would have to re-apply for the following year.

Consideration Of Applications

Arrangements for applications for places at the academy will be made in accordance with Redbridge’s  co-ordinated admission arrangements and will be made on the Common Application Form provided and administered by the authority.

The timeline is as follows:

  1. September 2013 - The academy will publish in its prospectus information about the arrangements for admission, including oversubscription criteria, for September 2014; This will include details of open evenings and other opportunities for prospective pupils and their parents to visit the school.
  2. September/October - The academy will provide opportunities for parents to visit the Academy.
  3. October - Common Application Form to be completed and returned to the pupil’s home LA to administer.
  4. January - Common Application Form to be completed and returned to the pupil’s home LA to administer.
  5. February - LA sends the academy applications to the academy
  6. March - the academy will advise the LA of applicants who meet required admissions criteria where it has been necessary to verify this for them e.g. distance measurement.
  7. March - LA applies agreed scheme for own schools, informing other LA’s of offers to be made to their residents.
  8. April - offers made to parents.