Parents and teachers at Kingsland School in Hackney, east London, are determined to fight the threatened closure of the school. Hackney people desperately need Kingsland, one of only two mixed secular comprehensives in the borough.
Around 40 percent of pupils in Hackney have to be educated outside the borough. The council has decreed that Kingsland is not making enough progress. But the school is almost fully staffed, unlike many inner city schools, and has the backing of parents.
Kingsland is being closed because the New Labour government is determined to dismantle comprehensive schools run by accountable local councils and replace them with privately financed 'academies'. Parents and staff have launched a campaign against the closure.
They are petitioning on Saturdays in Mare Street, Hackney, and are building a public meeting at the school on 25 September at 7.30pm.
Members of the NUT union at the school are also outraged that union rep Indro Sen has been sacked. A union meeting on Tuesday called for official action to win his reinstatement.
Support the Defend Kingsland School Campaign, c/o Kingsland School, Shacklewell Lane, London E8 2EY.