Rivendale withdraws

Tracy Hannigan's picture
We have just learned that Rivendale has formally withdrawn its bid to open a free school in Hammersmith and Fulham.

Since the very vocal opposition to placing the free school within 150m of a good local primary, Rivendale has looked into another local building but was unable to procure it or fit a school within its confines. Since that time around last March, things have seemed relatively quiet.

This is an example of parent power in action. The Administration likes to exemplify parent power through use of the free schools programme to meet perceived needs for education - in this case, parent power succeeded in protecting what it values about a good comprehensive primary school.
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Emma Bishton's picture
Thu, 01/03/2012 - 19:20

Absolutely - well done for persisting and for succeeding in your demonstration that 'desire' is not the same as 'need'.

Janet Downs's picture
Sat, 03/03/2012 - 10:12

The Government praises "parent power" when it demands a free school (irrespective of whether there's a need) but when parents disagree with Government policy they are branded as "Trots" being manipulated by reactionary local authorities, the education “establishment”, unions, socialist workers, communists, the Anti-Academies Alliance (AAA) and “its fellow travellers in the LSN”.


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