Stratford Marsh Building and Redevelopment Plans

East London Independent School is currently extending its Stratford Marsh premises by redeveloping what was once an old church into brand new classrooms, including a sensory room, plus a new school hall.

Pupils are being temporarily educated at East London Independent School’s Custom House site until completion, estimated at around Easter 2018.

TCES Group acquired the church, formally known as Brickfields Christian Centre, in 2013. Founded in 1662, and the oldest Free Church congregation in Newham, it is said to have been created by the Church of England vicar, Thomas Walton, one of more than 2000 clergy of the time who refused to swear an oath of allegiance to the crown of King Charles II in 1660. New congregations were formed as a result.

The redevelopment is being executed by Essex-based building contractors, Glorcroft. 

We have visited the site several times since building commenced in May this year; below you can see the transformation taking shape.

16 Nov 2017

16 November: Stratford Marsh school building update. You’ll see from the photo above how smart the new school looks! The front porch entrance has a new roof, and inside what was once a church we now have a ground and first floor. The image of the construction worker with the trestle table stands where a new school hall will be. The walls inside are now plastered; the air conditioning installation is almost complete and the skirting boards are in place. 

Work is set for completion around spring next year, when Stratford Marsh pupils will be moved back into the school from their temporary residence at Custom House.



2 Nov 2017

The past few months have seen many changes to the Stratford Marsh new build, where work continues at a swift pace and is set to be completed on schedule (around Easter time).

The building’s exterior, which previously stood as a church, gives the illusion of readiness with its smooth freshly painted cream walls. The car park directly outside the school has been newly tarmacked, with the added installation of a circular flower bed ready for planting.

Inside the building, we now have a school hall, sensory room and five classrooms plus a bathroom, with access to the main school to the rear of the building. The first floor is now in place, with seven classrooms and a bathroom.

The building is now structurally sound, with plumbing connected. Building contractors Glorcroft are now working on air conditioning installation, electrical wiring and wall plastering. Once complete, this will provide East London Independent School’s expanded Stratford Marsh site with ample space, plus the addition of a sensory room allowing pupils with autism to develop and engage their senses in a stimulating environment.

Above, the newly tarmacked car park and flower bed


Above & Right, corridor, ground floor


18 August 2017

18 August – development continues at TCES Group’s Stratford Marsh school, which is currently being transformed into a much larger site!

The church hall, located to the left of the current main school building, now has the second level constructed, with sound proofing, flooring and insulation also being installed. The downstairs will house a school hall and there will be additional classrooms and toilet facilities. 

The image directly below shows the flooring in place on the newly constructed second floor.


26 May 2017

Those of you who have visited Stratford Marsh will be aware of the pre-existing church that stands to the left of the school. Now the exciting  third phase of redevelopment – transforming the church hall into a new part of the school – commences on 30 May 2017.

The first duty for our contractors  is to seal off the building area from the rest of the school, with all existing fencing that can be looked through boarded up. Temporary construction buildings will be built adjacent to the school playground, with the most notable change being the construction of a high wall that will run next to the car park.

Below are photos of the church, taken on Wednesday  24 May, just before building work commences. We’ll be reporting on the transformation from church to school building throughout it’s progression.