Benhurst Primary School was opened in April 1939 to serve the local community in the Elm Park area of the London Borough of Havering.
The school’s name originated from ‘Ben’, a room of a cottage, and ‘Hurst’, a wooded hillside or glade. This area was once an orchard and hunting reserve and all roads around the school have names connected with forestry (Warren, Northwood, Woodcote etc). Its foundation was necessary with the development of the Elm Park estate by Richard Costain in the 1930’s.
In 2014, the school increased its capacity from 315 to 420 children to provide 60 places in every year group. These additional places were quickly filled and we are now full with waiting lists in most year groups.
In 2016, we were delighted to convert to an academy and join The LIFE Education Trust. This is a local Trust which prides itself on a strong ethos underpinned by excellence and opportunity in all we do.
At Benhurst we pride ourselves in being an inclusive, fun and safe school in which children are nurtured and encouraged to aim high. Our children are at the centre of our school and of all decision making. We are very proud of our motto that “only my best is good enough for me” and strive every day to provide the opportunities and experiences that lead to happy, successful and empowered learners.