Parents are left ‘bewildered’ as ‘gold-rated’ primary school is made to merge

Following the report we covered earlier in the week from the headteacher, the Evening Standard has picked up on parental dissatisfaction after news that a primary school given a “gold” rating by Boris Johnson will be merged with another school…

Hammersmith and Fulham councillors voted to amalgamate Sulivan with another Fulham primary school, New King’s.

Campaigners accused the council of planning to hand the Sulivan site to a group who want to set up a new free school.

A council spokesman said the decision to merge was made to reduce spare places and save money.

Sulivan staff and parents have been campaigning for more than six months to be allowed to stay at the school.

One mother, Sarah Ellis, said yesterday: “I was bewildered at the news. I can’t understand why a school as high a standard as Sulivan could ever be considered for closure.”

Boris Johnson named Sulivan as a “Gold Club” school — meaning that it had improved pupils’ aspirations and achievements against the odds — despite backing council plans to close it.

More at: Parents are left ‘bewildered’ as ‘gold-rated’ Fulham primary school is made to merge

Meanwhile the website GetWestLondon is reporting that a Hammersmith and Fulham councillor is denying suggestions that her friendship with the founder of a free school was the reason she voted to close the primary school:

Questions raised over Tory councillor’s ‘pal’ link in school closure

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