|"Heartless" Council Votes to Close Sulivan Primary School|
Despite majority of local people disagreeing with proposal
There has been an angry reaction from parents and local residents after Hammersmith and Fulham Council rubber stamped plans to close Sulivan Primary School and move the pupils to New King's School on New King's Road.
Hundreds of protestors turned out at the cabinet meeting, held at Hammersmith Town Hall on January 20.
The decision means that the two primary schools will be amalgamated on the New King's Road site, with Sulivan School's site bulldozed to make way for the Fulham Boys School, a Church of England Free Secondary School for 800 boys.
This morning local people have been responding on Twitter by branding councillors as "heartless" and the "disgraceful" decision made "out of greed and spite".
Paul Kennedy, chair of Hammersmith and Fulham LibDems, who have already called the proposed closure "a perverse and ideological plan" tweeted @paulkenfulham: " Shockingly gratuitous decision to close LBHF's top primary school."
The recommendation to the council in a report by Ian Heggs, Tri-borough Director of Schools Commissioning was as follows:
That, following full consideration of all relevant matters, including in particular all of the
consultation responses, all of the representations received during the statutory notice
(1) planning permissions being granted for both the interim
(2) the making of any agreement under section 1 of the Academies Act 2010 for the establishment of a New King’s Primary School as an academy; and authorises the Director of Schools Commissioning and Director of Law to undertake the necessary procedures to implement the proposals, including giving formal notification to the Department for Education.
This morning campaigners fighting to save the school tweeted @saveoursulivan: " If the proposals to amalgamate were to be standing on their own, why is it conditional upon New Kings academy application?"
The council says cabinet members considered the outcome of a consultation involving hundreds of responses and representations from residents, parents and school staff.
However, as we previously reported, this consultation showed that the majority of local people were against the proposal - with 2,226 disagreeing and 1,367 agreeing.
There were also a number of representations from local organisations disagreeing with the proposa, including PRARA
In an updated supplementary agenda, Mr Heggs also acknowledges:
A representation supporting the proposal was made by New King’s Primary
You can read this full supplementary agenda here.
It is estimated that the cost of the alterations to New King's School will be around £3.8 million.
Fulham Boys School meanwhile says it has identified temporary premises where it can open in September and operate for at least two years.
January 21, 2014