Last week there were two public meetings to discuss new secondary schools planned for south London.
The first, in East Dulwich, saw 60 people turn up to discuss yet another academy planned for Southwark.
Even though it seemed too late to object – the council has signed the school over to Lord Harris of Carpetright and planning permission is about to be sought – parents and the community all voted, with one abstention, that they did not want an academy.
Chris Kelly, a local teacher and resident, said, “This council decision will mean signing the land over to the sponsor for 125 years. The fight might delay the building of a new school, but it is worth it because it is about our children’s children having community schools.”
In Lambeth a public meeting – including local councillors, teachers, support staff, residents and parents – voted overwhelmingly not to place a new academy on the site of a primary school.
One councillor supporting the academy proposal said if this plan went ahead they would be able to get “two schools for the price of one”.
The council was warned not to play political football with children’s education.