Boris to the rescue as he tries to find site for Fulham Boys School

The local website getwestlondon is reporting that the Mayor of London and Michael Gove have agreed to work together to find a new site for FBS after it was told last week it would not be opening in September…

Boris Johnson has said he is confident a new permanent site for Fulham Boys School can be found after Michael Gove pulled the plug on it last week.

The Mayor of London spoke with the education secretary on Friday (July 4) and said he is helping him to find a new site for the free school…

He has power to free up GLA land and buildings and even helped 10 new schools find sites at the end of June.

A spokesman for Mr Johnson said: “The Mayor rang the Education Secretary on Friday. They discussed the importance of working alongside the Education Funding Agency to help identify prospective alternative sites as quickly as possible.

“Given the pressure on school places in London he shares the obvious and understandable concerns of parents and pupils at the Fulham Boys School. The work of identifying potential sites is underway and the Mayor is hopeful a solution can be found.”

…Mr Gove said: “Luckily we have, in the Mayor of London, a Conservative mayor who’s backed free schools, who when other local authorities have been difficult in the past has liberated sites. I’m determined that we will find a site for this marvellous group of people.”

Funding for free schools is a decision made by the Government not the local authority and it is understood a few potential sites have already been earmarked by the Mayor and the education secretary.

Mr Gove and Mr Johnson are supposed to meeting this week to hopefully make a final decision which will benefit the boys who no longer have a school to go to in September…

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  1. jess_madge

    SchoolsImprove This is not a coherent way to plan for provision of school places or provision of suitable school buildings.

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