Deptford says no to Tidemill becoming an academy

September 19th, 2011 at 10:20 am

South London Press-16th Sept 2011-Mayor unhappy about academy’s cheap rent!

A MAYOR has said he was left with no choice but to offer an academy school a “peppercorn rent” to use a new £20million community building. Tidemill Primary School in Frankham Street, Deptford, had its application to become an academy accepted by the Department for Education (DfE) on September 1. It means the school is no longer run by Lewisham council and will have control over its own finances, pupil admissions and curriculum. But the switch complicated longstanding plans for the school to move into the council-run and funded Deptford Lounge community development in Giffin Street. Set to open next month, the building was planned for community use, featuring a public square, cafe, sports hall, library, computer suites and music studios. At a mayor and cabinet meeting at the town hall in Catford Road, Catford, on Wednesday, Lewisham Mayor Sir Steve Bullock, pictured, agreed plans for the school to move into the building on a 125-year lease for a “nominal” annual rent. Before the meeting, Sir Steve told the South London Press: “Once the DfE agrees a school’s bid to become an academy, they do so on the basis the council grants them a lease at a peppercorn rent.

“Our concern is that this was planned to be a state-of-the-art building that the community shared. We will make it work though, but it is difficult. “Our hands are tied on this, I’m not over the moon about it.”

John Hugill Reporter South London Press

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    4:17 pm on September 19th, 2011 1

    servile to themselves SHAME ON STEVE, JOAN and all their sheep et al!
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