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Thanks to all who attended the Save Brixton College protest. Over one hundred people attended and we got a write up almost immediately on the Brixton Blog and in the Brixton Buzz. The coverage in the South London Press took longer coming, but they did cover the demonstration in the paper that came out of Friday 4th April.

SLP on college

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Lambeth SOS often gets publicity in the local press after our demos, but Stop Education Attacks have done even better and get publicity before this Thursday’s demo

  • There’s an article in the Brixton Blog
  • This advert has been running on Vibes FM, MetroLove Radio, OnTop, Lightning FM and London Hott Radio

So the demo should be big. Please come, and please bring your friends

Demonstrate – Brixton Needs a College not a Free School
Thursday 27th March, 5pm to 7pm
Outside Lambeth College on Brixton Hill

Let us know you’re coming on facebook
Download publicity here

Local unions have organised a protest next Thursday against the proposed closure of Lambeth College in Brixton

27 Mar protest poster

Between now and then we need to do lots of work to advertise it. The following has been organised

  • Thursday 20th March – 12noon – Leafleting outside Lambeth College on Brixton Hill. Organised by Unite Community
  • Friday 21st March – 12noon – Leafleting outside Lambeth College in Brixton. Organised by Unite Community
  • Saturday 22nd March – 11am – Stall outside Brixton tube
  • Sunday 23rd March – Leafletting outside churches. Times to be confirmed, please check this space for details.

If you want to organise your own publicity you can download publicity here. Please contact us to let us know what you’re doing and we may be able to get other people to help

The government has announced plans to close most of Lambeth College in Brixton and replace it with one or more free schools. Lambeth SOS has been proud to support the campaign to Save Lambeth College in Brixton from the start. Our campaign has ranged from mass protests to letters to the South London Press, and we need help with the next stage of the campaign

  • Thursday 13 March 9am – Lobby – Clapham Centre of Lambeth College, 45 Clapham Common SouthSide, SW4 9BL. Join the staff lobby of the college management over the imposition of new contracts and worse conditions including loss of 10 days holiday, longer working hours and extra workload for no pay
  • Thursday 27th March 5pm to 7pm – Protest, surround Lambeth College – Brixton Centre of Lambeth College, 56 Brixton Hill, SW2 1QS. Join the protest against the Brixton sell-off and the Free School. Meet outside the Brixton Centre for a demonstration by staff, students and community linking hands around college.
  • These protests are coordinated by Stop Education Attacks. We don’t advertise their meetings on this website to save space, but if you’d like details please contact them or contact us

    We’ve got a letter in this week’s South London Press

    SLP letter

    Obviously this letter is only one part of a much bigger campaign. Please also sign the petition to Save Lambeth College in Brixton and come to Lambeth NUT‘s Education Question Time this Thursday.

    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

    Proposals were recently announced to turn most of the existing Lambeth College in Brixton site to a free school. Lambeth NUT, Lambeth UNISON and Lambeth UCU oppose this and have called a public meeting to launch the campaign

    Public Meeting – Does Brixton Need a Free School
    Wednesday 5th February, 6:30pm
    Karibu Education Centre, Gresham Road, SW9 7PH

    Lambeth SOS urges all our supporters to attend You can download publicity here

    Why does everyone who wants to keep Brixton College open need to turn out in force to the lobby of the council on Wednesday, 20th November? Because the result of our lobby to the governor’s meeting was highly inconclusive. So we will be meeting at Rush Common (in front of the Brixton campus) at 5 pm and marching to City Hall to join the housing lobbies at 6 pm, because it’s all austerity.

    20th November poster

    Last night the Save Lambeth College in Brixton campaign — staff, community members and students — attended the Lambeth college governor’s meeting to try and find out just what the board of governors is planning to do with the Brixton campus. Asked to leave the warm and spacious building itself, I for one was a little unprepared for just how cold it would be waiting for a report back from the two representatives of the group whom they did allow to address the board.

    We oppose the sale of the Brixton Centre, Lambeth College to property developers. We call on the College to keep using the whole site for community education and to secure the funds to rebuild the centre. Our demand at this point was primarily for transparency, and community hearings where the board can inform the community of their plans for the campus and hear back from the community. We asked that governor’s announce this right away, but they said very little though a sale is certainly being contemplated. The president seemed to be waiting to see what happened at the city council lobby, and appeared to think they had the support of local MPs.

    We clearly need to put the pressure on.

    If you want to get get involved:

    And above all? Join the lobby of City Hall on Wednesday, the 20th of November to fight for our community’s rights to education and housing.

    The campaign to Save Lambeth College in Brixton, which Lambeth SOS supports, was featured prominently in this week’s South London Press

    SLP Lambeth College