Monday, 18 February 2008

Sun 9 March EDGE Open Day - new school campaign

This information, from EDGE (East Dulwich for a Good Education), is circulated by the Peckham Residents' Network

Community Centre, 46-64 Darrell Road, London SE22 9NL
live performance of the Dulwich Ukulele Club tea & cakes. Children welcome.

Come to the East Dulwich Community Centre for an update on all the key issues regarding the new school:size & number of pupils, design, feasibility, history of local parents' campaign, pros and cons of academies

Full details in the attached leaflet. Background below.

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Some background

Lord Harris proposes to build an Academy for 950 boys on the tiny disused site of the old Waverley Lower School, nearly trebling previous numbers, with Southwark Council’s support. Edge is calling for discussions about the size and other matters.

Several years ago, the Council themselves concluded that the site could not support more than 450 children. The site of the Girls’ Academy on the other side of the park has treble the amount of space, yet will support the same number of pupils.

The building required to accommodate 950 boys will mean virtually no outdoor space for play and sport, even though this is planed to be a specialist sports school. In fact, Harris have said that sport will be indoors. Meanwhile, they are closing the swimming pool in the Girls’ Academy – saying it is too expensive – and Peckham Rye Park & Common cannot sustain potential heavy use.

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