By Tim Cooper
In Nottingham the council is proposing that a local small private Islamic school become a large LEA voluntary-aided school.
This move is being opposed by all the local schools. They will have their most academic pupils creamed off to an elitist school, and it will be the death knell for many schools already facing closure because of fewer children in the area.
We love our local schools, and we are proud we have not had the same segregation as occurred in Oldham, Burnley or Bradford, with their subsequent poor race relations.
Yesterday Unity school (near the Islamic school and the murder) had a rally saying “we want to say what our solutions are” organised by one of the parents, Nikki. She told me that the school is loved and the kids are happy.
It is the area where last week a man was killed outside my kids’ school, a killing which led to Nottingham being dubbed “assassination city” in the Sun newspaper.)
Yet the Government is preparing to spend £140 million knocking down local schools and rebuilding them as “academies” (as they did with the local Forest comprehensive school recently), then cram more and more kids into schools further and further away from where they live. Schools that still have low-paid staff, poor facilities, etc.
To join our campaigns against the changes, telephone 07963 464569.