Further to the letter sent in by Moira (and published here in ViewPoints), a petition will be handed in to the School, to meet the end of the pre-application planning consultation today, 7 December 2015, asking the Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock and the Education Funding Agency (EFA) not to “demolish our well maintained school to replace it with the governments first ever ‘Baseline design’ Austerity school.”
The petition, which has less than ten names to reach its targeted number of signatories, goes on further to say, “We have not been engaged throughout until November 30 when they had to present the plans as part of the pre application planning consultation and we are told what has been decided no input required it is a horrific build 11 square metres carved of classroom sizes.”
Also stated in the petition, is the fact that, despite Sir Francis Drake Primary school being in “one of Lewisham boroughs most deprived areas Evelyn Ward” and “a local one form entry community school with capacity for 210 children.” Where, “52% of school pupils are have English as a second language” and “41% are on free school meals and the proportion of disabled pupils and special educational needs is above average.”
It is in “the top 8% of school in the country for the 2013 SATS and recognised by the DFE as in the top 250 schools in the country measured by the progress made by disadvantaged pupils.”
Going on further to say that, “the RT Hon David Laws MP Secretary of State congratulated the school for ‘being exceptionally effective in educating disadvantaged children providing them with a good start in life and a strong springboard into secondary education.’”
So if you want to join in asking, “… the council to build a new school that they truly need- a new school would bring an additional 60 reception places in to the locality.” And “… say no to the demolition and rebuild of our successful well maintained, inclusive and diverse little community school so that’s it ‘exceptional work’ can go on”, then, go and sign the petition here, today, before it gets submitted.