Hello. I am a parent at Addison Primary School in West London. Addison is a two form entry primary, rated a good school and is well known for the incredible progress its pupils make during their time. It is also well known for being the first primary in London to earn the Values Quality mark. There is a strong heritage of musical talents within the school. Despite the vast diversity, there is a very strong 'community' at Addison.
A local businessman who sells services to schools has solicited, by questionable means, to promote placement of Rivendale Free School. The support for demand was essentially a streetside questionnaire of 'schools are full, do you think a new school is a good idea?'
They found a site in the Borough first, rather than finding an area which needed pupils and then finding a location. The proposed location is a very popular NHS Health Centre - about 160 metres from the entrance to Addison. (!!)
They claim need, but Addison and other local primaries have vacancies due to the massive amount of migration in the immediate area. That has often been the case, and when it has not, local schools have been asked to support a bulge. This time they have not.
Internal data show that pupils leave for migration reasons rather than dissatisfaction. The council shows no data for need in this Ward other than political.
They claim something 'extra' - when we offer equal to what they can plus stability, accountability and experience. They spin things 'we will offer admissions to SEN and pupils in care first' as if it is unusual. 'We will offer Latin' - when Addison offers Latin. The HeadDesignate has no primary headteaching experience at all. And the admission seem to be in contravention of law. They are taking applications in person because LA procedures have closed, and they are offering pupils places alongside the LA.
The site is also located on a narrow road which is parked on both sides. They promise a policy of public transport to school, but this is unenforceable. With irony, the only place to park at that time of the morning is on the zigzags in front of Addison.
The grounds are small, so they are placing a play area on top of the building. The required fence atop the roof will result in a huge change in the character of our local area.
So this is our struggle. I've started to rally the troops via this site
. Wish us luck!!