Deptford says no to Tidemill becoming an academy

Letter from Lewisham Labour Group

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Lewisham Labour Group

“To make Lewisham the best place in London to live, work and learn”
Cllr Janet Daby, Labour Group Secretary,
Civic Suite, Rushey Green, London, SE6 4RU

4th May 2010

Tidemill Academy Proposals

Lewisham’s Labour Group of Councillors remain concerned about the proposals for Tidemill Primary School to become an academy under the Department for Education’s new academy programme.

As a Group we are very concerned that the proposal will be detrimental to both Tidemill School and the wider communities of Deptford and Lewisham.

We believe there are huge risks for Tidemill itself in these proposals, especially with the delivery of the Deptford Lounge project which should be an exemplary partnership with the Council. The Council will have to protect its own interests and that of all Lewisham’s council tax payers if Tidemill School
opts out of the Local Education Authority. The Governors should consider that the school as an academy may not benefit to the extent it would if it remains a community school in both the short and longer term.

Under the Labour government’s programme, academies were used as a vehicle to improve failing schools – a category of school which Tidemill does not fit into. Although there were concerns with that programme, the new proposals will have the effect of separating new academies from the local family of schools and will create real problems for neighbouring schools.

Having looked very carefully at all the arguments we do not support the proposal. I hope that you will carefully consider our views and inform the Governors accordingly.

Yours Sincerely,

Councillor Alan Hall
Chair, Lewisham Labour Group
cc. Mark Elms
Tidemill Governors
Mayor of Lewisham

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