The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and Ark have developed proposals for the redevelopment of the Underhill Stadium site on Westcombe Drive, Barnet, EN5 2DW. The plans are for the development of Underhill Stadium to create the new Ark Pioneer Academy. The proposed academy will be a non-selective, non-denominational and mixed-gender secondary school, including sixth form and sports facilities. 

The plans include:

  • A new, modern educational facility to help meet Barnet’s urgent need for new school places.
  • Well designed, dedicated space for a secondary school and sixth form within the site.
  • High quality new sports facilities, with the potential for community use outside of school hours.
  • New landscaping across the site, including tree planting around the perimeter of the site.  
  • Helping to bring the playing fields to the south of the site back into more active use.
  •  Investment in local transport infrastructure, to be identified through discussions with the London Borough of Barnet.

We held two drop-in consultation events close to the proposed site to get feedback on the proposals. These took place on:

  • Monday 17th July at The Rainbow Centre, Dollis Valley Drive, EN5 2UN
  • Friday 21st July at Hope Corner Community Centre, 185 Mays Lane, EN5 2DY

The information boards that were displayed at the events can be found here:

Ark Pioneer Planning Exhibition Display Boards

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