We need your support

Since Summer 2016, we have been consulting with local people on proposals for a new primary and secondary school on the former Thames Water Depot site on Lea Bridge Road.

On behalf of REAch2 Academy Trust and the Lion Academy Trust, the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has now submitted a planning application to the London Borough of Waltham Forest for the schools and we need your support.

Our proposals will transform the former Thames Water depot site on 150a Lea Bridge Road into two new high quality schools, with modern school buildings, new playgrounds, sports facilities and green spaces.

This is a rare chance to deliver much-needed primary and secondary school places, provide new community facilities and return a former commercial site to mainly open green space.

The new primary school would be run by REAch2 Academy Trust and the Lion Academy Trust will operate the new secondary school – two school providers with proven track records of running ‘Outstanding’ (Ofsted rated) schools in Waltham Forest.

You can view images of what the new schools will look like by clicking here


How to register your support

It is important that the Council understands that local people are supportive of these two much-needed new schools.

Please register your support for our proposals by following the link here.

To submit your comments using the Council’s website, you will need to add your name and address, and enter the planning application reference number 171408 with the address of the property (150a Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London, E5 9RJ).

We have prepared our own template letter of support, which you can find here. You may wish to use elements of this letter in your own comments.

We understand that the Council is due to make a decision on our planning application soon. If you have any further questions or would like any further information on the proposals, please contact us on leabridge@londoncommunications.co.uk.


You can drag the centre slide-bar below to reveal the current and proposed site visuals.

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Public consultation on our proposals and next steps

We directly contacted over 6,000 local residents on two separate occasions during the public consultation process, in Summer 2016 and again in Autumn 2016.

During the consultation we explained our evolving designs, listened to local feedback and responded to questions from the public. If you would like to see the feedback we received and our responses, you can download a copy of our Statement of Community Involvement by clicking here.

We have now submitted a planning application for the schools to the London Borough of Waltham Forest. We now need your support before our planning application is determined by the Council and you can find out how you can register your support in the section above.

If successful both schools will open in temporary facilities in September 2018; the primary and secondary schools will open in permanent buildings in 2019. The information we presented during each stage of consultation is available to download below.


Image gallery

  • Barclay Secondary Free School - Front View

    Barclay Secondary Free School – Front View

  • Athena Primary Academy -Front View

    Athena Primary Academy – Front View

  • Barclay Secondary Free School - Rear View

    Barclay Secondary Free School – Rear View

  • Lea Bridge depot school proposals.feb2018

    Lea Bridge depot school proposals

  • Primary-School-Learning-Resource-Centre-Feb2018

    Athena Primary School – Learning Resource Centre

  • Secondary-School-Dining-Room-1.Feb18

    Barclay Secondary Free School – Dining Room

Public Consultation

You can view our current public exhibition boards to your right, and by clicking the download button below.


You can also view the public exhibition boards from our consultation in July by clicking the download button below.


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