De Bohun Primary School

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De Bohun Primary School (also known as De Bohun Primary School and Children's Centre and simply referred to as De Bohun School) is a 2–11 mixed, community primary school in Southgate, Greater London, England. It was established in 1936 and is a Grade II listed building.[3][4]


De Bohun Primary School was established in 1936 and divided into junior mixed and infants' departments a year later. Juniors occupied the first floor and infants the ground floor from 1955. The school had 324 juniors and 289 infants, including 60 nursery children in 1973.[5]

In July 2012, the condition of the school building was described by its headteacher Terry Scott, as "looking like a war-torn building" and "not fit for a school". There were cracks in some of the walls, some of the masonry from the windows ledges had come away, windows that don't open and the roof in poor condition. It was noted as being expensive to repair due to the school being a listed building. Along with other schools in the London Borough of Enfield, the school was under pressure to increase its intake because of a boom in the birth rate and many families moving out of inner London to the suburbs, due to the benefit caps making it unaffordable. Its classroom sizes however are 45 square metres (480 square feet) which is less than the present minimum requirement of 65 square metres (700 square feet) for teaching a class of 30.[6]

The school was placed into 'special measures' by Ofsted following its inspection in October 2012 but was rated 'good' in July 2016.[7]


  1. ^ "Our Motto, Vision and Ethos". De Bohun Primary School and Children's Centre. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b "De Bohun Primary School". Get information about schools. GOV.UK. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  3. ^ "De Bohun". Modernism in Metro-Land. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Schools - de Bohun Library, health centre and gates - TES photographs". Enfield Society. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  5. ^ Baggs, A P; K Bolton, Diane; P Scarff, Eileen; Tyack, G C (1976). "Edmonton: Education". In Baker, T F T; Pugh, R B (eds.). A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 5, Hendon, Kingsbury, Great Stanmore, Little Stanmore, Edmonton Enfield, Monken Hadley, South Mimms, Tottenham. London: Victoria County History. pp. 196–203. Retrieved 8 November 2019 – via British History Online.
  6. ^ Garner, Richard (9 July 2012). "Overcrowded and crumbling: cutbacks leave schools in crisis". The Independent. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  7. ^ Smith, Matthew (13 September 2016). "Three primary schools improve to 'good' ratings". Enfield Independent. Retrieved 8 November 2019.

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