MORE THAN 800 RESIDENTS AND PARENTS SIGN PETITION OVER PAXTON PLANS
More than 800 people have now signed a petition opposing plans to use Paxton primary school, Woodland Road, Upper Norwood as an interim site for a new Gipsy Hill secondary school.
The petition reads as follows:
The Gipsy Hill Federation has decided, subject to planning permission, to use Paxton primary school as a temporary site for the new Gipsy Hill secondary school until the proposed building on the current Glenbrook primary school site in Clapham is available to take pupils in September 2019.
This would involve up to eight classes (up to approx 240 children) of Year 7 pupils in 2017/8 and a further potential eight classes (approx 240 pupils) joining in 2018/2019 making a total of around 480 secondary school students being taught at the Paxton Primary School site.
As a parent/carer/friend/local resident of Paxton primary school, I strongly object to the proposal to use it as the initial site for the Gipsy Hill secondary school.
I believe the proposal will compromise the learning and well-being of pupils at Paxton primary school, changing the character, culture and environment of the primary school during an ongoing period of adjustment from a one-form to a three-form entry school.
This will limit the ability of the Federation to provide an outstanding education for both Paxton primary and Gipsy Hill secondary school pupils and is contrary to the ethos of the Federation to provide a ‘welcoming, calm, happy and purposeful atmosphere’ as well as an ‘optimum learning environment’.
The sudden expansion and excessive numbers of pupils and staff will also have an unacceptable impact on the residents and wider Gipsy Hill community.
I call on the Gipsy Hill Federation to delay the opening of their secondary school or find an alternative solution which respects the education of the pupils of both schools.
For further information please go to www.paxtonmatters.org or follow @paxtonmatters The petition will be delivered to the Gipsy Hill Federation.
Since the public meeting held last Monday – reported in News From Crystal Palace*- the school have written the following follow-up letter to parents / carers:
Further reading: PRIMARY SCHOOL COULD HOUSE UP TO 480 SECONDARY SCHOOL PUPILS – More than 100 at public meeting October 7th 2016