|Sulivan School Invites Local People to Open Day on Sunday|
And urges supporters to respond to consultation by Monday
Sulivan Primary School is throwing open its doors and inviting local people to visit an Open Day beginning a midday on Sunday October 6.
Campaigners fighting to save the school from closure are also urging people to make their voices heard by responding to the council's consultation by the closing date, Tuesday October 8.
The detailed consultation document and the online response form is here on the council website: www.lbhf.gov.uk/fulhamschools.
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".
You can read more about the beginning of the fight back here
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 with overall 89% of places at Sulivan taken. Donna Fine spoke at the mmeting about the DfE and NAO predictions for primary place numbers and explained how there is expected to be a 16% shortfall by 2015 in this area. Additionally, the huge development plan for Earl's Court area is expected to create further demand for places.
Campaigners 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.
The road to the school is a very narrow road leading up to Parson’s Green. There are several schools in the area including another very large secondary school. There were concerns about traffic, noise, "competitive posturing" between schools, overrun of the green. Some of these residents included former heads of secondary schools who understood what the reality would be like for other local residents.
October 5, 2013