Council Cabinet Agrees to Publish Sulivan School Proposals

After report recommends closure decision should be revoked

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As expected, Hammersmith & Fulham Council Cabinet has agreed to publish proposals to revoke the previous decision to amalgamate Sulivan and New King's schools in Fulham.

The decision, at a meeting held on June 23 followed a report  which recommended the proposals should be published.

There will now be a period during which people can express their views to the Council about the proposals  before a decision is made whether to approve them. To make that possible, the amalgamation scheduled to take effect this September would be postponed pending the final decision.

Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader-elect of Hammersmith & Fulham Council, says: " We will make sure local people have the opportunity to express their views before any decision is taken. We are committed to ensuring that the council fully engages local residents in the decisions which affect them."

Earlier this month Cllr Cowan announced the new administration's intention to review the merger in light of its changes to the borough's housing policy.

The administration's new approach to housing policy, signalled in its manifesto, emphasises the need for new affordable homes to rent, which is likely to increase demand for primary school places. This could have a particular impact on the South Fulham Riverside development, where 1,000 extra homes are being built.

The previous administration took a decision to merge the two schools on 10 February 2014 in order to reduce the number of surplus places across the two schools by 15 per year group. The new administration's significant change in housing policy could mean those places are now needed.

June 26, 2014