Public meeting to discuss free primary school plan

Wimbledon Guardian: Dr Russell Rook, chief executive of Chapel Street Dr Russell Rook, chief executive of Chapel Street

A new free primary school set to open in less than nine months is yet to confirm where it will be based ahead of a public meeting next week.

The Park Community School will be run by Morden based Christian group Chapel St and is set to open its doors for the first time in September 2014 to 60 primary school children.

The site of the school is still being acquired by the Education Funding Agency in partnership with the Department for Health and is yet to be confirmed.

However the former BBC sports ground in Motspur Park is believed to be the preferred site.

A consultation on the plans is still running until December 20 with a second public meeting set to be held on Thursday, December 12, at 7.45pm at the Holy Cross Church Hall in Douglas Street, Motspur Park.

A spokesperson for the charity said: "Due to increasing birth rates, more primary school places are needed for families in Motspur Park, West Wimbledon and Raynes Park.

"Park Community School will have two forms of entry, providing up to 60 new places every year for families looking for first-rate care and an excellent education for their children.

"This meeting is an opportunity for parents and other members of the local community to ask questions and provide feedback about Park Community School."

Chapel St already run three free schools in the UK with another planned in Kingston.

They have also recently taken over the management of Benedict Primary in Mitcham after it was judged "inadequate" by Ofsted.

For more information or to fill in a consultation form visit parkcommunityschool.com.

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2:11pm Thu 5 Dec 13

janee says...

It is incomprehensible that Michael Gove believes that a group of people with, apparently, almost no experience of running schools could form a company and then run multiple schools. The failure rate of "free" schools is, according to Ofsted, higher than community schools. This is added to the amount of money which is given to "free" school projects which never get off the ground.

It is time that local authorities were able to plan for and open new schools and to oversee them when things go wrong.

Privatisation hasn't been beneficial in the health service, in road repair, in care services and the risks when there are failures are too high to be acceptable to a civilised society.
It is incomprehensible that Michael Gove believes that a group of people with, apparently, almost no experience of running schools could form a company and then run multiple schools. The failure rate of "free" schools is, according to Ofsted, higher than community schools. This is added to the amount of money which is given to "free" school projects which never get off the ground. It is time that local authorities were able to plan for and open new schools and to oversee them when things go wrong. Privatisation hasn't been beneficial in the health service, in road repair, in care services and the risks when there are failures are too high to be acceptable to a civilised society. janee

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