As you may have noticed on the gates, Leathersellers have finally put up their proposal to knock down Lewisham Bridge Primary School and replace it with a new all-age 3-16 school. It will be a Foundation School.
This is bad news for children and staff! We only have until July 16th to tell the council to think again!
Who are Leathersellers?
Leathersellers are a company based in the City. They are unaccountable to the staff, parents and children, which means that we cannot call them to account over how they decide to run our children’s education.
What is a Foundation School?
It is not like a community school run by the Local Authority. Governors have the right to decide admissions, they are the direct employer of staff, they own the land and the buildings.
How does this affect me, my child or my job?
Leathersllers say that they will be part of Lewisham’s admissions policy – based on bands 1A to 3 – but can we trust they will keep to their word?
They have already decided that they don’t want the Travellers Education Service at the new school. They don’t want a Special Needs Unit at the new school. They are more used to teaching high-achievers. What wil happen to children who don’t fit into that category?
They have promised parents in the north of the borough that the school is for them while they also promise that “the pupils of the school will live within walking distance of the school”. So who excatly is the new school for?
If you’re a member of staff, your employer will no longer be the Local Authority but the Federation Governing Body. This will undermine collective trade unionism.
Currently Lewisham Bridge Primary School has FOUR parent governors elected by the parents at the school. The new school will just have ONE. How much notice will Leathersllers really take of parents; views? They’ve already decided on the name of the school without consulting us.
Leathersellers will own the land – we won’t get that back! They don’t even have to pay for the new school! Why aren’t Lewisham Council building and running the school themselves? Why are they giving away our assets?
Ignoring parents concerns
Most parents responding to the Leathersellers’ first consultation were AGAINST their plan. They still haven’t provided answers to many other objections that were raised:
- Why can’t the school remain as a community school?
- Where is the evidence that the all-age design will provide a safe and successful school?
- Where are the site plans proving that the site is big enough for both play and study?
- What will happen to all the staff who have been teaching our kids?
- Federations, Trusts, academies – all new words for privatisation!
- The proposal that Leathesellers run the new school at Lewisham Bridge is part of Lewisham Council’s plans to privatise education in Lewisham.
- Why should Lewisham be dominated by Haberdashers, Leathersellers and Goldsmiths?
DEFEND EDUCATION SAY:
START LISTENING TO PARENTS
DON’T GIVE AWAY OUR SCHOOL
REJECT THE LEATHERSELLERS PROPOSAL
KEEP THE NEW SCHOOL AS A LOCAL AUTHORITY COMMUNITY SCHOOL
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
If you don’t want our school to be given away to an unaccountable firm, send you letter of protest to
Head of Educational Development
Children and Young People’s Directorate
London Borough of Lewisham