Abacus free school to move from Belsize Park to King’s Cross

Headteacher Vicky Briody. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Headteacher Vicky Briody. Picture: Nigel Sutton - Credit: Nigel Sutton

Reception and Year 1 pupils will have to travel across the borough to a temporary home in the Jubilee Waterside Centre.

Staff and pupils at Abacus . Picture: Nigel Sutton

Staff and pupils at Abacus . Picture: Nigel Sutton - Credit: Nigel Sutton

The Abacus school, which has 57 pupils, opened in the old Hampstead town hall, in Haverstock Hill, in September 2013 after a five-year battle by parents and campaigners to alleviate a chronic shortage of state school places in the area.

The two-year arrangement, giving the school time to find a permanent home, is due to end in September.

Abacus has found a permanent home in the former Hampstead police station, in Rosslyn Hill, after it was bought by the Department for Education in June - but it won’t be ready for another two years.

Until then the Reception and Year 1 pupils will have to travel across the borough to the new temporary home in the Jubilee Waterside Centre.


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They will move in September when the Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children, currently housed in the centre, relocate to the King’s Cross Academy.

Abacus headteacher Vicki Briody said “We are thrilled to be moving into this building.”

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She added: “This move does mean children will have to be transported from the catchment area to the school site and we are currently in talks with two landlords in the local area to arrange drop off and pick up places. More details of this will follow.”

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