The Wren Academy

Wren Academy at Enfield


Free School Application

Having been approved by the Department for Education (DfE) to proceed to the pre-opening phase, Wren Academy and London Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS) are continuing to prepare this new secondary school for opening in September 2018.

Location of the School

Enfield Council has confirmed to DfE that a new secondary school is needed in western Enfield and this is our target area. It is the responsibility of the Education Funding Agency (EFA) to select and purchase sites for new free schools and this process is well underway.

A number of sites in western Enfield have been considered by EFA as possible locations for the school, including all those suggested by local residents through the consultation process or suggested by LDBS.

We are hopeful that the process will be complete by late Autumn 2016 and we might be able to announce the permanent site early in 2017.

Name for the School

This has not been decided yet but there will be the opportunity for parents and students to make suggestions though our consultation process.

Opening Date

Our target is to open the school for Year 7 students in September 2018. At this stage whilst there is no guarantee that this is achievable, we are confident that we are on track to achieve that date. We will keep parents informed.

Next Steps

Once the site has been secured by EFA, the project will proceed by:

1. Holding a further consultation;

2. Appointing contractors to design and build the school;

3. Applying for planning permission from Enfield Council;

4. Agreeing key policies, such as the admissions policy;

5. Securing the Funding Agreement (the contract between academies and the government to operate a school);

6. Opening applications for admission for students entering Year 7 in September 2018.


The Reference Group will continue to meet during this period to enable local parents and residents to have their voice heard.


If you have further comments or questions about Wren Academy Enfield, please contact:

Rob Hannan – LDBS.

020 7932 1173

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