Welcome to

The Greenwell Academy, Harlow 

Public Consultation Website for a New Special Educational Needs School

Caledonian Modular are preparing proposals for a brand new Special Educational Needs & Disability school. The school will be called The Greenwell Academy and will be located on Tendring Road, Harlow. We are asking people who live and/or work in the area to help us shape the design proposals.


Caledonian Modular are preparing proposals for a new Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) school within the grounds of the adjacent Sir Frederick Gibberd College which Caledonian Modular are also constructing.

The Greenwell Academy will be an all-through special school for pupils aged 7 to 16 with complex and severe Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties. The total number of pupils at capacity will be 64 with residential facilities to provide a 24-hour independent learning curriculum for 15 students from the school. The Beckmead Trust will run both the school and the residential provision.


The children and young people who will be attending The Greenwell Academy will be disadvantaged for a number of reasons that include attachment disorders stemming from a number of adverse social and emotional childhood experiences. The difficult start the Greenwell pupils have had in their lives can result in behaviour that demonstrates their early trauma.

The Beckmead Trust is proud to work with hundreds of children and young people who have similar needs. “Excellent partnerships with Local Authorities and the Department for Education result in Beckmead being able to support the youngster's Education, Health and Care Plans through a practice model based on nurture, social justice, love and a sense of community.” 


For further information on Beckmead Trust, please visit their website:

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Existing Site (click to enlarge)


What is Proposed?

The design is informed by standards supplied by the Department for Education and follows a series of engagement meetings with the design team, The Beckmead Trust, Department for Education, Sport England, Essex County Council and the Local Planning Authority.

This site is one of many that Caledonian Modular are working on with the Department for Education. Their modular build process means that the majority of the construction work takes place off-site. The school buildings are then delivered to the site in “modules” and assembled. This greatly reduces the build time onsite and minimises disruption for local residents.

If planning permission is granted Caledonian Modular hope to start work on site in 2022.

Access into the site is proposed from Tendring Road, which firstly leads to the residential building and then the main school building located centrally within the site. The two buildings are L-shaped and include a mix of single and two-storey elements. The buildings are separated by the on-site staff and visitor car parking. The car parking layout allows for parents to drive into the site for drop-off and pick-ups. There are also proposals to provide cycle parking on site for staff and visitors.

An electricity sub-station located towards the boundary of the site fronting Tendring Road will be retained and limits the options for the access road into the site.

The proposed site layout provides a safe and secure environment, creating a clear and secure boundary between the school and public areas. The proposed buildings are set back from Tendring Road and surrounded by outdoor spaces for varying purposes and sports pitches are provided to the rear of the site.

Extensive analysis and technical surveys have been undertaken as part of the design process. This process has investigated matters such as ecology, daylight, noise and air quality. Full details of any relevant constraints that have been considered in the design process will be included in the planning application submission.

A Construction Management Plan will be prepared, providing details on the separation of construction works from the general public. Construction hours of working will be controlled to prevent impact on residential amenity.


The Design

A variety of designs and finishes have been considered as the proposed scheme has progressed. Examples from other schools were considered with the architectural team looking to create a modern, distinctive and functional building, which would operate efficiently whilst providing an attractive, inspiring environment for students and staff. The pictures below provide an illustration of how the materials could be used on the proposed buildings. 

The external appearance will draw upon the natural, green setting of the site ensuring the Greenwell Academy has its own identity whilst reflecting some design features of the adjacent Sir Frederick Gibberd College. There is a desire to make the residential building different in appearance to the school building. This is because the residential building represents a place to relax, a place the children can call home, to provide a separation from school life.


Have your say...

A public consultation exercise was completed prior to the planning application being submitted in November 2021.  The consultation exercise was run virtually with the website, leaflet drop, press notice and notifications from the school direct to pupils and parents/guardians.  We did not hold a public exhibition due to the restrictions placed by the Covid situation. 

The public consultation on the application is now being undertaken by Harlow Council.
The application is accessible on the Council's public access system.

Public Consultation Leaflet


Thank you for taking the time to look at our proposals.