There’s currently a proposal to build a free school with a catholic ethos on the site currently occupied by Lambeth College in Brixton. There’s a consultation meeting this Wednesday on whether or not this is a good idea. Lambeth NUT and Save Lambeth College in Brixton are encouraging everyone to go to argue it is a bad idea. Lambeth SOS supports this campaign.
Consultation Meeting – Do we need a Free School
Wednesday 12th February, 7pm – 9pm
Lambeth College Clapham Site, 45 Clapham Common South Side, London, UK SW4 9BL
(there’s another consultation at the same date and venue from 5-7pm for people who prefer an earlier time)
There’s no particular plan for the evening, but if you want some inspiration on why free schools are bad some thoughts are below
Free Schools are independent schools with state funding. Any “suitable sponsor” can apply to the Secretary of State for Education for approval to open a free school including private businesses, academy chains, parents, teachers, other schools, universities and faith groups. Free schools do not need local authority support to open and, despite the shortage of primary places in many parts of the country, many secondary free schools have been approved to open in areas with surplus places.
Free Schools Can:
- Set their own pay and conditions for staff
- Employ teachers without qualified teacher status
- Determine their own admissions arrangements
- Decide upon their own curriculum
- Set the length of terms and school days
- Operate independently of the local authority and outside the local family of schools
Trinity Academy is particularly bad. There is not a need for a new secondary school in Brixton, if one opens it will have a negative effect on secondary education across the borough. The chair of governors is a nasty right winger called Dennis Sewell. In the Spectator he has argued that punishing the rich hurts everyone and written an article on Michael Gove vs the Blob