As we confirmed in November 2012, the Archer Academy will initially be housed at Beaumont Close, East Finchley, in the building formerly known as the Institute Arts Centre. We have subsequently confirmed that we have secured a further piece of land at Stanley Road, also in East Finchley, on which we will be building brand new, teaching and sports facilities.
Together, these two locations form an urban campus, from which we can deliver an ambitious 21st century education for our 21st century students. It's a fantastic solution which offers real advantages for students and teachers, as well as allowing us to regenerate a neglected site for the benefit of the whole community.
The two campuses will be fitted out as a lower school and an upper school, with the long term plan being for the younger students to be housed at the Stanley Road campus and the older year groups to be based at Beaumont Close. The result is a school with the facilities, budget, staffing levels and breadth of curriculum of a large establishment, but with the everyday feeling of a smaller, more nurturing environment.
Each campus will be equipped with the teaching facilities that its students require for their day to day lessons – classrooms, labs, workshops, kitchen and dining areas and so on. So travel between the two campuses will be kept to a minimum; the main exception being that students based at Beaumont Close will travel to Stanley Road for PE lessons, something which is not unusual in London schools where sports facilities are separate from the main site.
As Mick Quigley puts it: "Our urban campus school offers a wonderful opportunity for our students. It gives each age group their own space in which to grow learn and develop, whilst at the same time offering access to outstanding, purpose built, large-scale school facilities; quite simply, the best of both worlds."