The Wren Academy, Enfield

The latest news from The Wren Academy, Enfield.

A message from Wren Academy re planning consultation for the permanent buildings for Wren Enfield

As you are probably aware we already have planning permission for the temporary buildings for Wren Academy Enfield on the Chase Farm Site.

We are now almost ready to make the application for the permanent buildings. Detailed designs have been drawn up for Wren Academy Enfield and a separate primary school, as well as outline designs for housing. This is a very exciting part of the process because it allows you to see what our buildings and the surrounding area will look like, and to comment on what you see, and this represents the formal consultation part of the planning process.

The Department for Education and the main contractor, Bowmer and Kirkland, have launched a public website today at 

We would be very grateful if you could have a look at the website and share this with others in the community. We encourage you to review all of the material provided, ask the project team any questions and send your views via the feedback form by 7th May. It is really important for us to be able to demonstrate to Enfield planners that our community engagement has reached people, even in lockdown.

Thank you for your time and your support.

Wren Academy, a Church of England School in Barnet will open a new school in Enfield in September 2020.  Plans are already well advanced and more announcements are expected shortly.  As part of the opening process the school are completing a formal consultation, known as a Section 10 consultation, which is a normal part of the process of opening a new school.  Wren Academy would greatly appreciate positive engagement with the consultation, which can be accessed online at the following address:

Alternatively, please watch out for the consultation leaflets which will shortly be posted through a large number of doorways in the Enfield area!

Significant progress has been made in securing a September 2020 start for Wren Academy Enfield. However, opening at this time does depend on securing planning permission for the initial temporary buildings and then being granted a funding agreement by the Department for Education (DFE).

Very shortly, a formal consultation exercise will be held in advance of submitting a planning application in May. Consultation exercises will take place at the following times and places:

7 May  5.00pm        St Michael’s Primary School

9 May 5.00pm         Royal Chase Hotel

If planning consent is granted then we will be opening to 184 Year 7 students in September 2020.

In addition to our meeting next week on 1 May a number of events are planned to ensure that potential parents, carers and students have the opportunity to find out more about the vision for the new school, and to hear about our exciting plans for the first years of opening.

Summer Term 2019

Presentations by Gavin Smith, Executive Principal to current Year 5 parents at nearby Enfield primary Schools

Autumn Term 2019

Open Evening at Wren Academy Finchley – Wednesday 18 September 5.30 - 7.30pm

Wren Academy Finchley Tours and Meet the Executive Principal – September and October

More details about planned events are available at the Wren Academy Enfield website:

Wren Academy at Enfield

Site Confirmed for Wren Academy Enfield

Wren Academy is delighted to announce the location of the new Enfield academy site. The new secondary school will be constructed on a section of the Chase Farm Hospital site, in brand new buildings which will facilitate a high quality education focused on providing the very best learning opportunities for Enfield students.

Enfield Council and local Churches have identified a pressing need for secondary school places, which will be met in part through the opening of the academy with a first cohort of 240 Year 7 students. The school will then grow each year until it is full size with a sixth form. Since the announcement of the successful bid to open the school, representatives of the Department for Education (DfE) have been working with Wren Academy staff to secure a site for the much needed school.

Wren Academy’s Executive Principal, Gavin Smith who played a leading role in starting and then leading Wren Academy Finchley, said “I am pleased that after much careful planning and hard work we have secured a site for Wren Academy Enfield. We are very excited about the prospect of starting another outstanding academy with a clear Christian ethos.” Kim Archer, Chair of Trustees said “I am confident that Wren Academy Enfield will be a highly successful school which will build on the phenomenal achievements of Wren Academy Finchley whilst being suited to the needs of Enfield young people and their families.” It is hoped that the new academy will open in September 2019 in temporary accommodation, subject to securing the necessary approvals and completing the required works in time. The school will move to permanent buildings when construction work is complete. Everything will be done to provide a strong start for the first students who will join the school.


What is a Free School?

Free Schools are state funded academies set up in response to local demand for new schools. They are independent of the Local Authority and therefore funded directly by the Department for Education.

Who is opening the school?

The school will be run by the team that has been responsible for the creation and growth of the outstanding Wren Academy in Finchley, Barnet.

Why is Wren Academy opening a new school in Enfield?

In 2015 Wren Academy was selected to open a new secondary school because of the exceptional success of Wren Academy, Finchley. The decision was made so that there would be capacity for the increasing numbers of secondary students in Enfield. Since opening in 2008 Wren Academy has received two outstanding Ofsted reports with teaching and learning being described as ‘stunning’ and behaviour as ‘exemplary’. Impressive examination results quickly followed, which places the school in the top 1% in the country. The school also has a thriving sixth form which attracts many students from Enfield. In recent years the sixth form has achieved notable success in enabling a significant number of students to gain access to most competitive courses at Russell Group institutions with four students gaining places at Oxford and Cambridge in recent weeks. A proven track record in starting and then building an outstanding school indicates that Wren Academy is more than capable of developing an excellent new school which will complement the existing educational provision in the borough. Wren Academy website - Wren Academy, Enfield website -

Who is Gavin Smith, Executive Principal?

Gavin was part of the original team that started Wren Academy Finchley working first as Vice Principal he was responsible for the curriculum, assessment, reporting and enrichment. He was promoted to Principal three years ago. Under his leadership the school has become one of the most successful in the country with students making exceptional progress. He is now determined that the new Wren Academy in Enfield will mirror the success of the Finchley school whilst providing a distinctive education for Enfield students.

Who is Kim Archer, Chair of the Wren Academy Multi Academy Trust?

Kim Archer was a founding governor of Wren Academy Finchley and has progressed to be Chair of Governors. Since taking on the role the sixth form has grown to become highly successful and the school has started a primary phase to become ‘all through’. Kim is a former senior civil servant with policy and large scale operational experience drawn from roles in the Departments of Health, Education and Work and Pensions. She is passionate about ensuring that every child gets the opportunity to be the best they can.

What will the school be like?

The school will be a non-academically selective mixed school with 240 pupils in each year group. It will grow a year group at a time and will eventually have a sixth form. It will be a Church of England School with a strong Christian ethos that is inclusive to students of all faiths and none. Wren Academy Enfield will be a school where everybody matters and each individual is celebrated for all their gifts and talents. We want our students to be happy, confident and secure so they can make the best of all the opportunities provided including an extensive enrichment programme. The school will be a caring and disciplined environment where all students can flourish and achieve their full potential.

Who are the partners of Wren Academy?

London Diocesan Board for Schools
Wren Academy’s partner is the London Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS) which has an outstanding record in opening successful new schools. By understanding the government’s system for opening new schools and engaging with local people, the LDBS ensures that local communities get the school they want and helps avoid the pitfalls which can affect some new schools in their first few years.

Berkhamsted Schools Group
The Berkhamsted Schools Group is a family of leading independent schools based in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Having been a founding sponsor of Wren Academy Berkhamsted School is well placed to oversee the creation of the second academy in Enfield. They will once again provide the expertise and experience of the independent sector to ensure a high quality education is provided in Enfield.

As soon as there are any further developments they will be published on this page.