|Sulivan School to Apply for Academy Status|
Head Teacher and Chair of Governors explain "positive alternative"
Sulivan Primary School, which is under threat of closure is applying for academy status as part of its fight for survival.
Head Teacher Wendy Aldridge and Chair of Governors Rosie Wait have written this message to parents and other supporters explaining the reason for the move.
We have been involved in a demanding campaign set within a rigid time frame. One strand of this campaign was to find an alternative that would secure our future, whilst preserving our ethos and place in the community as an inclusive provider of excellent education.
We have met with a wide range of
interested supporters, including the London Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS) and rapidly options
arose for our Governing Body to consider.
We welcome the opportunity to work with a supportive
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 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.
October 11, 2013