Campaign against the Nottingham Free School

The DfE has approved a new ‘free school’ to be established in the Sherwood district of Nottingham. The local ‘Anti-Academies Alliance’ group, ‘Hands Off Our Schools’, has opposed this and the sister ‘Trent Bridge Free School’ (which was NOT approved by the DfE) from the word go. It will continue to campaign against the school being set up. The local MP, Vernon Coaker, and the new Labour Nottinghamshire County Council Education Chair, John Peck, have both publicly come out against the school. The following has just been posted on the ‘HOOS’ website:

“We will be repeating our successful ‘stall’ in Sherwood, where we understand the new ‘free school’ is due to be established. Reaction from members of the public to our campaigning literature was extremely positive and many signatures were collected on a petition. We will be there again on Saturday 13 July, from 11 am, outside the Co-op in Sherwood Shopping Centre. If you can come along to help distribute literature and talk to members of the public, you will be very welcome.

We will also be giving out leaflets to parents at primary schools close to the expected location of the ‘free school’. This will be in the week commencing Monday 8 July. If you are available to help (you would need to be there by about 8.20 am) please contact us via the ‘Contribute’ button or by email if you are a member of our email group. We will then tell you the exact location of the school we will be visiting on each day.

We are also making plans to continue the campaign into the new school year including lobbying Year 6 parents at ‘open evenings’ and a public meeting in Sherwood. Information will be posted here as soon as arrangements are finalised.

Please look out for letters and articles in the local press. Join the debate if you can.

This school does not yet exist and is by no means a ‘done deal’: they haven’t even announced where the school will be housed! We believe a campaign of information can prevent them persuading Year 6 parents to make it a ‘first choice’ when they complete their applications in late September.”

Please click here to visit the HOOS website and show your support with a comment.


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