- Wood Lane High (complex needs)
- Phoenix high (Shepherd's Bush)
- Jack Tizard (next to QPR, Shepherd's Bush)
- Cambridge (learning disabilitities)
- Sacred Heart High
- William Morris (6th form)
- Fulham Cross
- London Oratory
- Henry Compton
- Bridge Academy
- Lady Margaret
- Hurlingham & Chelsea
“I am excited by the prospect of change and assure you that I will do everything I can to ensure that we maximise all available funding. If we can secure up to £200 million funding from the Government I know it will make a huge difference to our schools, offering a first class education for children and indeed, for the whole community. Following our consultations we now go forward, with a clear sense of people's views, in our efforts toimprove the life chances of children and young people in Hammersmith and Fulham”.
So no more plans for first class education in Hammersmith & Fulham. I wonder how H&F News will report this..
Here's Michael Gove talking about what he called a "dysfunctional" building programme:
0915 UPDATE - A reader writes in (comments, below) to point out that this is the same Michael Gove who is supporting the creation of a Free School in our neck of the woods instead. So now the question about the West London Free School is this - why are they getting the money to build a new school from scratch and not our existing schools?
1200 UPDATE: not an update actually, more a question - where is the reporting on this from the traditional local media? The Government has just canned the building programmes of 13 local schools affecting hundreds of families and not a word from the Chronicle.
1330 UPDATE: The Chronicle is now reporting the story here. You know where you saw it first, folks..
1730 UPDATE: The Standard is carrying the story with this quote from Sir William Atkinson, head of Phoenix High School in Shepherd's Bush, who put things in perspective:
“It is devastating news.” He added that children faced an unfair, “two-speed” education system with some pupils in dazzling new facilities while others were condemned to “antiquated, inadequate buildings”.
Phoenix was planning a £25 million overhaul of its buildings, which date back to the Fifties. Sir William said: “These are buildings with concrete that is beginning to crumble, iron pipe-work which has been fractured, with lots of leaks and flat roofs which are constantly leaking.”
I run past that school most mornings and the description of the buildings is a very accurate one indeed. That image can now stand for the future of education in this borough. Still, at least Toby Young gets his West London Free School instead.