The New North Community School and Children’s Centre is situated on Popham Road, Islington, and is a two-form entry primary school with an integrated children’s centre.

The school and children’s centre has been providing wrap-around services and activities within a wide range of areas such as children’s health and development, parenting support, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes and free legal and housing advice.

As part of an innovative partnership with The Hyde Housing Group and Rydon, who are working on the redevelopment of the Packington Estate, New North has opened a satellite site in the heart of the local community at 190 Packington Square. The new facility has been accommodated within three void flats, which have been subjected to a £35,000 complete refurbishment by Rydon. The transformation has provided a clean, fresh and interim base for high quality family support services, training, workshops and drop-in ‘play & chat’ sessions.

"We are thrilled we are now able to offer services directly from the community. They will improve outcomes for children and families during what is likely to be a stressful time for all due to the redevelopment of the Packington Estate. This project allows us to work with families with children from when they are born right through to the end of primary school, creating a secure community base for which parents, carers and children have ownership." Ana Sevilla, New North Community School and Children’s Centre Manager.

The New North satellite facility is now able to offer the following services to local families:

  • Stay and Play sessions
  • Training courses and workshops with crèche facilities
  • Childminders network
  • Child development reviews
  • Speech and language workshops
  • Information and advice sessions
  • Free legal advice
  • Special needs toy library

Mary McStay, Headteacher, adds, "This is an innovative project working with partners to provide services to our children at the heart of the community. Operating as an integrated extended school and children’s centre enables us to join with our colleagues from other agencies to better meet the needs of our children and families."

New North has moved this service to the new Community Centre on the Packington Estate and will be able to expand the services to the local community even further. As part of the handover and official opening of the project, Kate Garraway, GMTV’s presenter and local mum, accepted a cheque for £500 from Rydon for New North to purchase sensory play equipment within the facility.