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Gordonbrock school rebuild plan approved

Lewisham’s planning committee has approved the rebuilding of Gordonbrock School, according to the Ladywell Village Improvement Group: Lewisham’s planning committee has given the go-ahead for the rebuilding of Gordonbrock School and the redevelopment of Prendergast School’s Adelaide Ave site. Work on rebuilding the 109-year-old Gordonbrock primary will now start early next year with the school [...]

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Durand now an Academy

Durand Primary School, the largest in Lambeth and situated just off the Brixton Road, is now an Academy, becoming the first in Lambeth to switch to that status since Michael Gove became Education Secretary and announced plans to fast-track applications from certain schools. Durand is the only school in South London to switch to academy [...]

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Deptford Green gets green light

Lambeth got kicked to bits by Michael Gove’s cuts to the Building Schools for the Future, but Lewisham has some good news – the PFI for Deptford Green School, worth £28.6 million, closed yesterday. Costain will build the school, which is the first PFI BSF project to get the green light under Gove, and is [...]

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Lambeth’s new head of children and young people’s service

Debbie Jones has started as the new head of children and young people’s service, we learn from the Streatham Guardian. Debbie Jones, who has extensive experience in the field, started last week as executive director after arriving from Luton Council. Miss Jones will take over from Phyliss Dunipace, who retired last month after a successful [...]

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Lambeth gets some school building cash after all

Lambeth gets some school building cash after all

It seems that some schools in South London are going to escape Gove’s Axe and get some money for school building. The catch is – they’re ALL academies or wannabe academies. Gove: BSF sample projects get go-ahead and further confirmation given to academies – The Department for Education: Education Secretary, Michael Gove, today announced the [...]

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Lambeth ePetition on school building; tumbleweed rolling by

Lambeth ePetition on school building; tumbleweed rolling by

Oh dear. Lambeth is trying to get people to sign its ePetition on the cancellation of Building Schools for the Future projects…. but people just don’t seem to be biting. London Borough of Lambeth | ePetition – Cancellation of secondary school rebuilding programme in Lambeth: We the undersigned petition the council to lobby the Education [...]

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Reed “considering legal challenge” on BSF

Steve Reed has confirmed that Lambeth is actively considering a legal challenge to the Education Secretary Michael Gove’s decision to cancel all Lambeth’s Building Schools for the Future projects. This from his blog post - Lib Dems and Tories destroy new school plans: Lambeth is considering a legal challenge after the Tory-Lib Dem Government announced plans [...]

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Umunna starts online petition to save school builds

Streatham MP Chuka Umunna has started an online petition to try and put pressure on the government to save the Building Schools for the Future programme in Streatham. Save Streatham’s School Building Projects Petition: “To put pressure on the government, Chuka Umunna MP, the local Member of Parliament for the Streatham constituency, is campaigning alongside [...]

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Walworth Academy a “good” school, says Ofsted

The new Walworth Academy which opened in 2007 and replaced the old Walworth School has had its first Ofsted report, and it’s a good one. The first paragraph of the report’s main findings says: Walworth Academy is in the business of transformation. It has transformed itself and is now a good and rapidly improving school [...]

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Tidemill: thank God for Brockley Central

We were listening to Today this morning, and couldn’t quite believe what we were hearing: a BBC reporter, camped outside a Lewisham primary school, responding to a story in that paragon of truth and honesty, the Daily Mail, about a headteacher’s reported salary of £200,000. What rubbish, we thought to ourselves, but Kate over at [...]

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