Deptford says no to Tidemill becoming an academy

May 21st, 2011 at 7:45 pm

A Warm Welcome to Lambeth Says No to ‘Free’ School


We are a group of local parents teachers and members of the local community opposed to the setting up of theMichaela free school in Lambeth.

We think that the planning for school places has to be done in collaboration with the local community. Putting this school in the north of the borough will directly compete with our local schools and is not where the school place shortages are.

We believe that the evidence from free schools has shown that they lead to increased social segregation, lower attainment and have been run for profit. These are not the kind of schools that will improve the attainment of black pupils.

We believe that all children need decent school buildings, investment in their schools and smaller class sizes. Free schools have been funded by cutting two grants, including the BSF (building schools for the future) money promised to our schools.

We know that the cuts to education and public services and the raising of tuition fees will harm our communities but will disproportionately affect black and working class families. The free school movement is part of the plan to privatise our services and will worsen education for all.


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