Campaigners in Hammersmith, west London, are claiming a victory after Hammersmith and Fulham council withdrew their proposal to close Hurlingham and Chelsea School with no conditions.
The decision came less than two working days before the adjudicator’s public meeting to listen to the views of objectors.
Dennis Charman, the secretary of Hammersmith and Fulham NUT, said, “In a borough where the Tories have launched a ferocious attack upon schools, council workers and the voluntary sector this is their first defeat. It is quite overwhelming.”
The school was in special measures for two years and came out with a very positive Ofsted report at the beginning of 2006.
Soon after, the Tory-run council proposed closing it in 2007 – leaving 650 pupils out of school and 100 staff out of work. There was a lively campaign to save the school.
In November 500 students, staff and parents marched through local streets near the school against the plans to shut it.