We have three outstanding primary schools in Gipsy Hill: Kingswood, Elm Wood and Paxton. Over the last few years they’ve all had to be expanded to keep pace with soaring demand from local parents for a local primary school place for their children. It’s not that long since Lambeth schools were failing and there was a huge shortfall in places.
The improvements over the last few years have come from parents, teachers, governors and the council working together to deliver fantastic outcomes for local children, who benefit from some of the best schooling in the country.
But all that is at risk. The Tory government is introducing a new schools’ funding formula which could see cuts to inner-city schools like those in the Gipsy Hill Federation of 20%. All the progress and effort that has gone into making local schools such a success could be completely undermined if that happens.
Luke Murphy, Labour’s candidate for the Gipsy Hill by-election is campaigning with local councillors Matthew Bennett & Jenny Brathwaite, and the Labour council in Lambeth to oppose this change in funding.
You can add your name to our campaign by signing our petition against cuts to schools.
And you can read more about the campaign in this blog post from Claire Holland, Lambeth Labour’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Schools.