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Chancellor's School expansion plans made public

Four-week consultation ends June 6

Aerial photograph of Chancellor's taken by Paul Large of Falcon Media in September 2002
Aerial photograph of Chancellor's School taken in September 2002
Image by Paul Large of Falcon Media

The public has been given four weeks to respond to expansion plans drawn up for Chancellor's School, Brookmans Park, that aim to cater for a rise in school numbers from 180 to 210. The school says the "improved facilities" should be available from the autumn term of 2019.

Chancellor's says the development is necessary because:

"There is an increase in the student population of Hatfield Town which is now moving into the secondary phase. There are simply not enough secondary school places. Without this expansion there will be unmet demand for school places for the population of the local area."

Screen grab of a Google Maps image of Chancellor's School taken in May 2018
Google Maps image of Chancellor's School taken in May 2018

According to the school there will be a number of benefits. The following bullet points are from the school's proposed expansion plan document, which is published on the Chancellor's School website and also embedded below:

  • A brand new 4-court, modern sports hall, which will provide improved and extended PE and Sport accommodation
  • Seven new classrooms
  • Redesigned entrance areas, improved circulation and landscaped external spaces
  • including a new hard play area
  • Improved parking for staff, students and visitors which should go some way to alleviating parking on Pine Grove, the road approaching the school.

A public exhibition setting out the proposed design of the expansion was held on Friday 18 May. According to the school, the plans will continue to be displayed in the school reception, and can be viewed by appointment only.

Proposed expansion to Chancellor's School

Indicative drawings and plans for Chancellor's School expansion

Public consultation underway - how to respond

Those wanting to respond have until 10am on June 6, 2018. That can be done online (see link below),  or by returning a paper copy of the form to: Mrs Jane Wise, School Business Manager, Chancellor’s School, Pine Grove, Brookmans Park, Herts AL9 7BN.

Fill | Consultation on the proposal to expand Chancellor's School

The history of Chancellor's School

You can read about how Chancellor's School began on the North Mymms History Project.

Aerial photograph of Chancellor's School 1968 Image from Aerofilms Ltd
Chancellor's School 1968 - Image from Aerofilms Ltd

Comments welcome 

Once you have responded via the official consultation methods, please feel free to have your say on the expansion plans below. All contributions to this site are pre-moderated, which means there will be a delay before your comments go live.


  1. Chancellor’s School Expansion
    It is pleasing to hear that this school which was threatened with closure at one time is enjoying such success and that it is again looking to expand its capacity of students. This inevitably will bring further problems affecting the environment in its broadest meaning.
    Environmental Affect:
    Located as it is deep within a residential area and approached by a relatively narrow road this must be a matter of real concern to the plan and the development. I don’t have the impression that much if any thought has been given to this other than to ignore it as not being the school’s problem.
    The plan envisages further waterproofing of land with the new buildings, and carparks and probably removal of more trees. No thought seems to have been given to building upwards, or replacing the existing single story buildings with two-storey constructions. The proposal is that the extended site will be spread over an enlarged area comprising an aesthetically unattractive collection of buildings, instead of a unified whole.
    Inadequate consideration of the impact on the transport needs of pupils and staff apart from creation of ‘increased parking’. The latter is an expensive privilege… which the population in an urban area cannot sustain without realising the environmental cost and inconvenience caused to residents in Pine Grove. Elsewhere in Brookmans Park, and Potters Bar etc such a cost-free privilege no longer exists. Public Transport needs to be consulted to ensure that adequate services can bring large numbers of people close to the site as happened in the earlier years of the school.
    It is essential that Pine Grove should have the same kind of parking provisions met elsewhere locally in Brookmans Park in its Primary School, or adjacent to schools in for instance Potters Bar or Hatfield, or further afield in Cuffley or Enfield. This would mean restricted parking in Pine Grove and adjacent roads, Bull Lane, George’s Wood Road by time, or yellow lines, or ‘resident only’ parking at cost. It is vital that this future plan embrace more constructive solutions for brining pupils and staff to the facility. Pupils and staff must be discouraged from using personal vehicles parked throughout the day. Walking or cycling to school should be encouraged or even insisted on by banning pupil delivery near the school by private car.
    It is apparent that the local government plan parking recommendations are already greatly exceeded in the existing apparent use by the school. The local community should not have to tolerate this abuse and alternative solutions should be found.
    The proposed plan does not seem to take into consideration the current environmental needs and travel needs of the school.

    1. In addition, the proposed plan does not take into consideration the possibility of a new secondary school at New Barnfield which would service South Hatfield and Welham Green.

      The Chancellors School proposed expansion document states "Why does the school need to expand?
      The school needs to expand because there is an increase in the student population of
      Hatfield Town which is now moving into the secondary phase. There are simply not enough
      secondary school places. Without this expansion there will be unmet demand for school
      places for the population of the local area."

      Welwyn Hatfield Council have signed a Statement of Common Ground (SoCG) with Hertfordshire County Council http://www.welhat.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=13037&p=0 (document EX57 in the submitted documents for the current examination of the Local Plan).

      The SoCG states that if, as expected, the Council raises its current housing target to make the Plan sound then HCC, as landowners, will make the New Barnfield site available for a new secondary school.

      This would obviously have ramifications on the availability of secondary school places, and it is amazing that this is not been factored in to current thinking.


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