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Open Letter to Hammersmith and Fulham Council – From Sulivan Primary School

From Chair of Governors at Sulivan Primary

Dear Councillors,

I am Chair of Governors at Sulivan Primary School. I, along with thousands of others have been fighting the Council’s intention to close Sulivan. Before the LBH & F Cabinet meet on the 6th of January to announce their decision to close Sulivan, I wanted you all to be aware that Sulivan is ranked 233rd in the Country. Please read on!

By DfE, Ofsted and the Mayor’s Gold Club standards, Sulivan is one the best performing primary schools in the Borough.

Why is Hammersmith & Fulham Council proposing to shut down one of the best performing primary schools in the borough? The ONLY Gold Club primary in the borough?

By DfE, Ofsted and the Mayor’s Gold Club standards, Wendy Aldridge is one the best performing Head Teachers in the Borough.

Why is Hammersmith & Fulham Council proposing to publicly dismiss one of the best performing head teachers in the borough?

SULIVAN PRIMARY SCHOOL IS ONE OF THE BEST PERFORMING SCHOOLS IN LONDON and NATIONALLY –THE SATS TABLES TELL US SO!

HAMMERSMITH & FULHAM COUNCIL HAVE DECLARED THAT THEY WANT TO CLOSE IT DOWN.

WHAT SORT OF REWARD IS THAT FOR BEING IN THE TOP 2% OF PRIMARIES IN THE COUNTRY?

Last Friday the 2013 SATs tables were published for England and Wales. The key Ofsted test for a good school these days is the measurement of ‘pupil progress’. Many of the best performing schools, particularly the church schools, have a higher proportion of children from supportive middle class families whose attainment on entry tends to be above average. It is easy to see that those schools are achieving well but it is more important to see how far their children have progressed academically.

The Value Added score on the SATs tables shows the distance that the school has brought children on from their initial assessment on entry to Y6

Sulivan’s Key Stage 2 “value added” results have been rated 233rd in England and Wales out of more than 15,000 schools. Sulivan’s results are quite simply outstanding, positioning the school firmly in the top 2% in the country. New King’s ranks 1,878th.

New King’s is the school which the Council has considered so impressive that it proposes to sack the Sulivan Headteacher and appoint the New King’s Head teacher and its Governing Body, to lead the amalgamation of Sulivan.

In Sulivan’s response document delivered to the LBH & F Council last Thursday to meet the deadline imposed by the Council in line with the Notice of Closure, Sulivan included its 2013 results for Key Stage 2 pupils, confirming quite clearly that the children had met and exceeded predictions. The Year 6 cohort details are as follows.

· 14 out of 28 children were on the SEN register

· This included 1 statemented child with autism, 6 children who were School Action plus (needing additional support outside the classroom) and 7 children who were School Action (support in the classroom)

· 76% of pupils in Year 6 were in the pupil premium group

· 64% of the pupils in Year 6 were bilingual pupils, with 2 new children joining the Y6 class from abroad with Stage 1 EAL (English as an additional language)

· 7% of the children were on the Gifted and Talented register.

It would be a really bad thing to close a primary school which is nationally in the top 2% and indisputably is one of the best achieving schools in the Borough.

Please don’t let the Borough’s Cabinet make the decision to close Sulivan.

Sulivan’s children are relying on you to stop the Cabinet from making the wrong decision.

Yours sincerely,

Rosie Wait

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  1. […] primary school in question is Sulivan Primary, a local authority school which this year ranked 233rd out of 15,000 primaries in England and Wales in terms of pupil progress, the main measure of […]

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