To: The Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Justine Greening MP

Yes to affordable homes for teachers, no to an unwanted Free School!

Yes to affordable homes for teachers, no to an unwanted Free School!

Refuse the application from the Meller Educational Trust to open a Free School and Sixth Form on the Ladbroke House site in Highbury and use the site to provide affordable housing for keyworkers, including local teachers.

Why is this important?

A new school with sixth form provision will bring over extra 1,000 pupils to an already busy and congested part of Islington, right next to two Secondary Schools, both of which are rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted, as well as numerous local primary schools and childcare settings. Islington already has sufficient school places.

Having spent £33.5M on the Ladbroke House building to provide a school that is not wanted or needed, the Department for Education should listen to the local community and use the building to provide affordable housing for keyworkers, including local teachers, who are priced out of living in Islington.

Highbury, City of London, London

Reasons for signing

  • There are very good comprehensive schools in this area with co-ordinated plans in place for future expansion. Plonking a new free school between two existing successful schools, and with no consultation with the local community, is a bad idea and appears to have little support.
  • More affordable homes yes! another school that is not needed, no!
  • Shocking gamble of public money for an unnecessary intrusion to our area. The need for this and the offer they are making is unproven. We have a housing and affordable workspace crisis here, not a secondary school shortage.

Updates

2016-12-14 20:57:26 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2016-12-07 22:18:52 +0000

500 signatures reached

2016-12-07 13:38:51 +0000

100 signatures reached

2016-12-07 13:09:28 +0000

50 signatures reached

2016-12-07 13:00:01 +0000

25 signatures reached

2016-12-07 12:51:44 +0000

10 signatures reached