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Torriano Primary School

Torriano Primary School
Established 2015
Type Community Primary school
Executive Headteacher Bavaani Nanthabalan
Head of School Helen Bruckdorfer
Chair of governors Luca Salice
Location Torriano Avenue
Kentish Town
Local authority Camden
DfE URN 100023 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Coeducational
Ages 3–11
Website .uk.sch.camdentorrianojun
The school's main gate through the Gatehouse building as seen from Torriano Avenue
The Junior building in an Arts and Crafts style
The 1960s Infants building
The Cloud Kingdom play area

Torriano Primary School is a community primary school in Kentish Town, London. The school was founded in 2015 following the merger of the previous Torriano Junior School with Torriano Infants School.[1] It is rated Outstanding by Ofsted. Torriano has inherited from its predecessor a partnership with Netley Primary School that was set up in 2012.


  • Buildings and grounds 1
  • History 2
  • Awards 3
  • Notes 4

Buildings and grounds

The oldest building is the Junior building which used to host the entire school. Edwardian in character, it was opened in 1910, a few years after the abolition of the London School Board and the transfer of its responsibilities to the London County Council. Pevsner comments 'Roughcast gables in an Arts and Crafts spirit'.[2] The Infant building is a low-rise 1960s construction. The Infants' library was designed by local firm AY Architects and completed in 2013. The Gatehouse building was designed by Cullinan Studio and completed in 2010.[3] The school grounds contain play areas designed by Erect Architecture dubbed Earthling Kingdom and Cloud Kingdom.[4]


Torriano Primary School was the result of a merger between Torriano Junior School and Torriano Infants' School. Previous notable headteachers included Ros Pomeyie[5] at Torriano Infants; and Dilys Brotia OBE[6] and Laurence Harding[7] at Torriano Junior School. Torriano Junior School was three times rated Outstanding by Ofsted, in 2000, 2005 and 2009. Torriano Infants School had also been an Outstanding school but was downgraded by Ofsted in 2014. The merged school retained the rating of the previous Junior School.


Torriano is a Rights Respecting Schools; its predecessor achieved level 1 in 2009 and level 2 in 2011. It was invited to join the London Schools' Gold Club for 2013/14 and for 2015/16.[8] It achieved Eco-School Silver standard in 2012.[9] Torriano is also part of the Camden Primary Partnership,[10] a Teaching School Alliance. Torriano Infants and Torriano Junior Schools had both achieved the Healthy Schools Bronze award in 2013.[11][12]


  1. ^ "Camden Council, Cabinet Member for Children". 2015-09-10. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  2. ^ Cherry, Bridget; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1998). London v. 4; North. Yale University Press. p. 358.  
  3. ^ Foot, Tom (2010-11-11). "Love and gate! ‘Futuristic’ building for Torriano Junior School". Camden New Journal (London). Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  4. ^ "Camden Active Spaces". Erect Architecture. 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  5. ^ Lamden, Tim (2012-12-22). "Tributes paid to inspirational Kentish Town headteacher and librarian". Ham&High (London). Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  6. ^ Wright, Jane (2003-01-02). "Primary head leads New Year gongs list". Camden New Journal (London). Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  7. ^ Hinton, Josie (2010-11-11). "Laurence Harding – ‘Pupils wanted to be in Mr Harding’s class’". Camden New Journal (London). Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  8. ^ "Gold Club members 2015/16". Greater London Authority. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  9. ^ "Eco-Schools England". Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  10. ^ "Camden Primary Partnership". Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  11. ^ "Torriano Infants". Healthy Schools London, Mayor of London. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  12. ^ "Torriano Junior School". Healthy Schools London, Mayor of London. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
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