|Sulivan School Hosts Public Meeting Tonight|
As parents fight to save Fulham primary from closure
A public meeting is taking place tonight, Tuesday September 10 at Sulivan Primary School in Fulham's Peterborough Road at 6pm.
This is the second public meeting to be held since parents and local people began the fight to save the Fulham Community School.
The campaigners, who call themselves "Team Sulivan" also turned out in force at Hammersmith Town Hall to make their voices heard at Hammersmith and Fulham Council's Cabinet meeting on Monday September 2. You can read more about this here.
The campaign to save the Fulham school began after Hammersmith and Fulham Council asked people for their views on a proposal to amalgamate two small primary schools in Fulham - Sulivan and New King's - which the council says would "create a combined school with better facilities, offering a richer educational experience".
The council's announcement made it clear the proposal would mean using the New King's site on New King's Road, saying it would provide up to £2 million to redesign and re-equip it with the latest teaching facilities.
This, says the council would have the "added benefit" of releasing the Sulivan school site to be used by Fulham Boys Free School. This school has been given the go ahead by the Government to offer 120 secondary places per year, but has been forced to postpone its proposed opening this September because it has not found a suitable site.
The council claims that both New King’s and Sulivan in Peterborough Road struggle with small pupil numbers, taking only 75 pupils per year between them, but the campaigners accuse it of using old figures and say that both nursery and reception classes are full.
They also point that Sulivan has lovely grounds including large play areas and an outdoor science laboratory, while New King's has only a small tarmac playground on New King's Road.
And they say on the Save Sulivan School Facebook page saying: " Sulivan is a community school that students past and present love and are proud of. Please join us in trying to save it."
The campaigners are also asking local people to make their voices heard by completing the online questionnaire and attending tonight's meeting.
The detailed consultation document and the online response form is here on the council website: www.lbhf.gov.uk/fulhamschools.