The Evidence Cllr Cooney didn’t share when asked at the Sulivan Open Meeting: Over 40% of children will suffer academically and socially with this plan.
Sulivan wins only community primary award as a Gold Club School for it’s astounding attainment and progress, especially with those pupils who are less advantaged.
Sulivan’s amazing results are out! Why on earth could LBHF get away with trying to close the most successful primary school in Fulham? Two nearby schools are in special measures or need improvement in recent inspections – Sulivan is ‘good with outstanding features’ and has some of its best results ever and which exceed LBHF averages at all levels and subjects.
Recruitment for the new Reception class 2013 included 30 children who have moved up from our Nursery and 15 children who have joined the school from outside settings. The Reception class is therefore FULL.
There are 29 children on the waiting list for Nursery places.
Sulivan would like to invite anyone interested in the future of Sulivan as an Academy to come to the open meeting on 21st October at 6:30pm at Sulivan. Information is in the Let Us Grow Document
If you have already read it, please fill in the consultation response form online or on paper or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your views.
Why is Hammersmith and Fulham trying to close Sulivan Primary?
It is rated ‘GOOD WITH OUTSTANDING FEATURES’
It is full in nursery and reception -89% full, with 76% of children choosing Sulivan as FIRST CHOICE
It has earned some of its highest results ever in recent years with amazing achievement and progress
It is a small, beautiful school with lovely grounds including large play areas and an outdoor science laboratory
- BUT – Fulham ‘FREE’ School for Boys – a free school for 800 teenage boys – wants the property
So the Council is going to take this much loved school and give it to them, and send all the pupils to New King’s School.
Both Sulivan and New Kings had previously decided to not work more closely together as it was not in the interests of either school – they are very different schools. So why the change?
- If neither school wanted to merge in the first place, why is this happening?
Nearby New King’s school has proposed to become an Academy under the sponsorship of a private school chain. When that happened, the Council proposed that Sulivan should close and that all pupils would move to the New Kings site – once it was managed by a private company and no longer under the protection of the Local Authority.
- Will it really save money?
One of the rationales provided in the Consultation Document is that small schools are not as financially viable as big schools and so combining schools would be financially sound and offer more opportunities for children.
BUT LBHF proposes to spend millions of pounds to prepare the New King’s site next year – so all the children will have to move to temporary accommodation in porta cabins – at a cost to the taxpayer.
Then, they will knock down Sulivan and build a school for 800 teenage boys and move all the children to New Kings. Both schools will then be given to private companies.
Fewer local authority schools in the area makes Council services more expensive for the rest of schools.
- Will it really help meet any shortage of school places?
LBHF claim there are not enough spaces for primary school children in that area as a reason to put in ‘Free Schools’ – but Sulivan is a one and a half form entry school (45 pupils) – and New Kings is a one form entry (30 pupils). After the first year in which the Council guarantee admittance for all current Sulivan children, the New Kings school site will enter 60 children a year – resulting in FEWER places being available. One of the major reasons for adding new free schools in LBHF is ‘too few places’ – so how does this help?
Also, there are already too many secondary places left unfilled in this part of Fulham – this will impact heavily upon very nearby secondary schools with open places.
- Will it really be better for kids?
Hundreds of children will be in porta cabins for over a year.
Over 500 children from both schools will be crammed into the temporary site for over a year.
More children from Sulivan (45/year) will be on a different curriculum with different timings – and will be forced into a curriculum delivered to fewer children (30/yr) at New Kings.
More children at Sulivan will have to walk further to school.
Sulivan’s children will have huge discontinuity in education -Sulivan has very low turnover in staff, and New Kings has very high turnover – but Sulivan staff have no guarantee of positions at New Kings.
Children being moved from a GOOD to OUTSTANDING school into private hands – when many privatised schools do worse.
There is no guarantee that bringing the schools together under an academy roof is going to be better for pupils academic achievement. A large number of converter academies don’t improve standards as is ‘automatically assumed’. An analysis comparing the 136 OFSTED reports for converted academies published in June with the last full OFSTED eport for the school prior to conversion shows that 38% of schools have gone downhill and are considered by OFSTED to be worse than before they were before converting. Six percent fell two or more full grades (for example two grades being from ‘Outstanding’ to ‘Needing Improvement’ or from ‘Good’ to ‘Special Measures’)
Most of these conversions were secondary schools – only 6% were primaries – so there is even less evidence that closing Sulivan and amalgamating these two schools will improve academic standards or offer more opportunities for children. There is far more evidence that supporting schools like Sulivan – not closing them - is the way to promote school improvement – and Sulivan is already a good school!!
And Sulivan is a special school – it has a curriculum rotation that is very different from New Kings – what happens when Sulivan’s 45 children per class join New King’s 30 children on a totally different curriculum and a totally different schedule? The Council doesn’t appear to have thought about Sulivan – their interest is in New Kings and its fewer children – because it is the one that chose to become an Academy.
The timing of this stinks!!!! Not a coincidence that Sulivan's staff and parents were told of the closure 1 week prior to the summer holidays. Underhanded as usual. 'PUTTING RESIDENCE FIRST' It's laughable!!!–From Facebook Page
The authority ought to look at a more strategic way for school provision in the whole of Fulham rather than picking two schools which have an advantage for another school – ie the academy – but not for the rest of children in Fulham. –Den Charman
Jacqui Safford. Please do not allow Sullivan School to be closed down and merged with another local school. This school is a shining example of the type of education all primary schols should be delivering. Small enough for pupils to be given one to one teaching and just large enough for the children to get an excellent education in an environment which is safe and happy. It would be a crime to lose the the expertise of a valued headteacher and her staff. All four of my grandchildren have been educated at this marvellous primary school and the youngest is still there. Listen to the local community!–From Facebook Page
why oh why are they getting rid of another primary school in fulham, please wake up and smell the coffee, Sulivan to stay–From Facebook
This is absolutely outrageous - they cannot do this to the only small, lovely community school left in the area. –Anonymous parent
The Council doesn't want to solve problems it sees - if it did, it would have asked the schools to help solve them, and wouldn't have a so called 'consultation' over summer when school is out and residents are on holiday. Very clever. –Anonymous local resident
Reality of Situation
Price very high
|Children||Taught in portacabins and moving back and forth between sites||All children jammed into one location; taught in porta cabins, and moved around twice|
|Residents||Not considered||Council not required to consult on traffic/safety etc because of loss of so called red tape|
|Local Impact||Not discussed||Swapping 300 small children for 800 teen boys on a road served by one small bus|
|Education Curriculum||Not discussed||Differently timed curriculum means children will lose out|
|Opportunities||More secondary places||More secondary places if you are a C of E boy|
|Pupil Numbers||Says both not full – uses old numbers||Sulivan has full roll in Nursery and Reception|
|Education Standards||Not considered||38% of Academies drop an Ofsted Rating, 7% go into Special Measures|
|Teaching Staff||Continuity of staff||Not transferring, a few places can be applied for|
|Pupil Places Anxiety||Not addressed||After first year, actually REDUCES places available by 15 per year|
|Buildings Cost||Says Sulivan at end of life, New Kings gets £2m||Sulivan independent survey says property is in good condition with a lot of life left|
|Tax Money||£2 mo prepare New Kings, £13m for free school||£2m to prepare New Kings before giving it away to private company, £13m for privately run secondary school|
|Serving Community||Offering more secondary places for C of E boys||New school run by private school|
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