Wednesday 10th November at 6.30pm Deptford Lounge, Giffin Street.
Projection: video “Deptford Says No”onto the New Deptford Lounge.
The Coalition government wants ‘outstanding’ schools to opt-out of the Local Authority — and become separate ‘Academies’. The Governing Body of Tidemill School in Frankham Street, Deptford, SE8 has the final say whether or not Tidemill should become an Academy.
Tidemill is due to move into a new school building as part of a community facility on Giffin Street, in the heart of Deptford. The new development in Giffin Street has cost almost £20m, some £11m of which has come from Lewisham council tax payers, the rest coming from the government (which includes Lewisham taxpayers). The school has been an integral part of the council’s plans to rejuvenate community resources in the centre of Deptford and £10m of the overall cost has gone into the construction of the school, £2.5m of which has come from government. If the school becomes an Academy, the new building that has cost Lewisham council tax payers £7.5m, is in danger of being handed over on a 125 year lease to a private trust for a peppercorn rent.
This is a decision for the whole community & not just Tidemill governors.
Academies are state funded independent schools, which lie outside any democratic accountable structure and give too much power to their sponsors at the expense of the local community. Tidemill is already an outstanding school why change it?
The community of Deptford has spoken out against the plans for the school in this video (link). On Wednesday evening the video will be projected for a special public viewing onto the side of the New Deptford Lounge.