Category Archives: Education

Solar power to West Norwood

Our local Norwood School &  Repowering London are starting a community solar power project. To find out more come along to a meeting on Wednesday 18th July 7pm to 8.30pm at The Norwood School, Crowndale SE19 3NY.

All profits from the scheme go straight to the community who get to choose how the money is spent. Norwood’s young people will also benefit from training opportunities.

For details contact : zaira.rasool@repowering.org.uk

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Did Harry Jacobs take your picture?

Dawn Hill & Gerald Jacobs at the exhibition

If you or your family were in Brixton in 1960’s and 1970’s check out the photo exhibition in Lambeth Town Hall on until Friday 6th July.

Harry Jacob was a popular portrait photographer with Brixton’s black community. His studio was at 152 Landor Road.  Pop into Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton SW2 1RW between 10am and 8pm Monday to Friday and try to identify people in the photos  – post-it notes provided! Harry’s son Gerald was pictured at the opening last week with Dawn Hill, chair of the Black Cultural Archives.

And if you have any photos at home taken by LE Campbell, who had a studio at 82 Atlantic Road in the 1960s,  please get in touch with the Black Cultural Archives in Windrush Square SW2 1EF.

For many more events in the Windrush 70 year anniversary programme see:  http://www.windrush70.com/

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Only one week left!

Cllr Winifred with Lambeth’s Starting School booklet

The deadline to apply for a reception place in a Lambeth primary school for
the school year starting September 2018 is midnight Monday 15th January.
Reception places in 2018/19 are for children born between 1 September 2013
and 31 August 2014.

The application form and proof of parents and child’s current address are
essential part of the application. It is also important to name your top 6
preferred schools.

To apply online and for more details see:
https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/schools-and-education/school-admissions/apply-for
-a-primary-school-place-for-201819

Families will be offered a school place on April 16th . Late and invalid
applications will not be actioned until after April 16th.

Sonia Winifred, local Labour councillor, says ” I work in primary schools
and know how easy it is for parents with hectic lives to forget deadlines.
Do remind friends and neighbours about the January 15th application
deadline.”

OFSTED has rated 96% of Lambeth schools rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.
See: http://love.lambeth.gov.uk/lambeth-primary-pupils-beat-national-average

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Lambeth is competing for £1m to become The Mayor of London’s borough of culture in 2019 or 2020. The #OurLambeth bid will look to the future, using culture to inspire and tackle the major social challenges faced by Lambeth and London today.

To sign up to support and follow the progress of  Lambeth’s bid to become  the London Borough of Culture go to https://ourlambeth.london/#pledge-support

And please submit any suggestions for cultural projects at:  https://ourlambeth.london/your-ideas

London Borough of Culture is a new initiative launched by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Inspired by the UK City and European Capital of Culture awards, the London Borough of Culture aims to capture the energy and imagination of an entire city.

All 32 London Boroughs have the opportunity to compete for the title. The winning borough will be awarded £1 million by the Greater London Authority, with additional funding from programme partners including Heritage Lottery Fund and Paul Hamlyn Foundation. For details see: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/arts-and-culture/current-culture-projects/apply-become-london-borough-culture

#OurLambeth

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Gipsy Hill new secondary school


There is a chance to see the building plans for the new Gipsy Hill secondary school and rebuilt primary school at Glenbrook before the planning application is submitted. Drop in to Glenbrook school in Clarence Avenue SW4 8LD this Friday 10th March between 3.30pm and 8pm or on Saturday 11 March between 10am and 1pm .

Despite best efforts to find a temporary site the new Gipsy Hill secondary school will not be opening this September 2017. new opening date will be agreed as soon as possible. For details see: http://www.gipsyhillschool.london/357/about-us/welcome-from-our-headteacher

See our earlier posts: 3/1/17 & 17/10/16 ,

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School funding

school-meetingFair Funding for All Schools – Lambeth is holding a public forum on Wednesday 15th March 7pm at Sunnyhill School SW16 2UW . Parents, teachers, school governors are opposed to the government’s real terms cuts to the education budget which could be £485 per Lambeth pupil per year.

The event will be chaired by parents of Fair Funding for All Schools – Lambeth who are building a local coalition of parents, teachers and leaders against these devastating cuts. Lib Peck, leader of Lambeth council , local MPs Chuka Umunna &  Helen Hayes  and  Kevin Courtney from the NUT will be speaking.

For more information on school cuts see:

The Independent

The Standard

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New school

The Gipsy Hill Federation of primary schools has plans to build a new secondary school at Glenbrook school in Clarence Avenue SW4 8LE, off Acre Lane. The secondary school will be six forms of entry (180 pupils per year). snipimageGlenbrook primary will remain a 2 form school (60 pupils per year) and be rebuilt on the site as part of this plan. Glenbrook is part of the Gypsy Hill Federation, which started at Kingswood School in Gipsy Road, and now has 8 primary schools – mostly in West Norwood.  Children from Glenbrook school and 10% from the local Clapham area will have priority. Some children from each of the other schools in the Federation will fill the remaining places.

The secondary school hopes to open in temporary premises this September 2017 and nearly 300 children have already applied for a place. James Hadley is the head teacher.

It will take another 2 to   3 years to complete the new secondary & primary schools at Glenbrook.  In the meantime the Gipsy Hill Federation want to open a temporary secondary school and are looking for a site that can be ready this September and be big enough to take children for  2 – 3  years (up to  540 pupils).

For more information see the school website. To contact the new Gipsy Hill secondary school email:  enquiries@gipsyhillschool.london

Decisions on new schools are made directly by government. New schools have to be “free” schools and so independent of the local council.

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Lambeth schools funding at risk

Jackie Meldrum delivering leaflets

Jackie Meldrum delivering leaflets

The Tory government is looking at reducing funding to Lambeth schools by up to 20% . They want to fund schools at the same national rate ignoring the extra costs of London schools.

Thanks to pressure from parents, teachers and councillors, the government’s 20% school funding cut has been delayed by one year – but the Tories still want to make the cuts in 2018/19.

Local families and your Labour councillors want to protect funding levels for our schools. Lambeth schools are in the top 10% of schools nationally with 90% of all our primary schools and 100% of our secondary schools getting a good or outstanding rating.

To keep up the pressure on government please support our campaign online see: http://www.lambeth-labour.org.uk/protect_lambeth_s_schools

In the government’s latest budget statement on 23/11/16 the only mention of additional funding for schools was another £240m for opening new selective (grammar) schools, funding to Independent (Public) and faith schools to open new schools. These unpopular government proposals are opposed by most people involved in education and will do nothing to address the problems of ordinary state schools and the growing teacher shortage. Consultation on the government’s proposals to re-introduce selective grammar schools ends on Monday 12th December – see : https://consult.education.gov.uk/school-frameworks/schools-that-work-for-everyone/. Make sure you have your say.

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New school opens Sept 2017

Paxton school

Paxton school

Gipsy Hill School is a  new secondary “free school”  due to open with year 7 pupils only in September 2017. Part of the Gipsy Hill Federation of academy primary schools ( which includes Kingswood, Elm Wood, Paxton, Fenstanton, Crawford, Phoenix, Ilderton and Glenbrook schools) the new school will be a “all-through” school so pupils can progress directly from primary schools in the Federation.  James Hadley is the head teacher of  Gipsy Hill School due to open in temporary premises at the re-built Paxton School SE19 1PA. For further details of the new school prospectus see the school web site:   http://www.gipsyhillschool.london

Consultations are taking place on a permanent site for the new secondary school at Clarence Avenue SW4 8LD – http://www.gipsyhillschool.london/376/our-location/our-consultation

As Gipsy Hill School is a new school,  applications for school places in 2017/18 must be made direct to the school – by 31st October .

For details of all secondary schools in Lambeth see: https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/schools-and-education/school-admissions/apply-for-a-secondary-school-place-for-201718. The deadline for applications is Monday 31st October 2016.

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A new master plan for West Norwood

If you are not keen on meetings but have things to say about the future of West Norwood – then take  a look at this new web site and its interactive map.

https://westnorwoodandtulsehill.commonplace.is/  It’s easy to mark the places you like and the places you would like to see improved. The map covers the area from Tulse Hill one-way system along Norwood Road & Knights Hill to Chapel Road.

Cllr Meldrum at a workshop at Tulse Hill

Cllr Meldrum at a workshop at Tulse Hill

Information input to the website will be part of a programme of public events, workshops and exhibitions  during the spring and summer to discuss what people want for their community and neighbourhood. The council wants to end up with a new 2017 plan for future improvements and investment in West Norwood.

The last West Norwood master plan was in 2009 – we have seen many changes and improvements since then including new schools and the Health & Leisure Centre. ( Work should be starting very soon on the library –cinema in Nettlefold Hall and upgrading of the South London Theatre. )

#HaveYourSayWNTH

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