Campaigning to get a co-ed, non-denom secondary school in East Finchley

Avis Johns's picture
Vast numbers of streets in East Finchley/Golders Green are no-go areas for families as they are not within the catchment of a co-ed, non-denom secondary school within walking/cycling distance.
That is wrong.
There are unfilled places and huge catchments for single sex and faith schools, but that is not what local parents want.
Having had a first public meeting attended by 60 parents we are putting our efforts into securing the secondary school we need. Five feeder schools were represented - Martin, Brookland, Holy Trinity, Highgate and Garden Suburb. Supported by politicians across the spectrum - all that stands in the way is either a) a soon-to-be academy school (single sex) controlling its selection regardless of pressure and the Church that currently presides over a failing co-ed school.
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Fiona Millar's picture
Mon, 18/04/2011 - 09:17

Hi Avis, Can you explain a bit more about why these two schools are standing in the way. Are you hoping that one will convert to a co -ed non denominational school?

Dimpy Chotai's picture
Fri, 13/05/2011 - 11:50

I received the email below from a friend...maybe it's a part of the solution in this area i.e itwould free up some spaces in the co-ed non denominational schools...


Dear Friends

Following on from the massive success of the Krishna Avanti Primary School in Harrow, i-Foundation are now seeking support for the proposed Hindu Faith secondary school in the Harrow/Barnet/Brent area.

Krishna Avanti received an excellent Ofsted report and is now 5 to 6 times oversubscribed. I-Foundation have also gone on to develop the Leicester Krishna-Avanti Primary School which will open in September 2011, and have just this week won approval from the authorities for a Krishna-Avanti school in Redbridge.

It is now time for UK's very first state-funded Hindu secondary school.

We need your help to make this happen – and you can help in TWO EASY STEPS:

- ONE – if you are a parent of a child/children of primary school age, you can go to and complete a very short survey (this will only take 30 seconds of your time). The results of this survey will be used to demonstrate the demand for a faith school in the Harrow/Barnet/Brent area

- TWO – please forward this email to all of your friends, associates, contacts and family members that are also parents of a child/children of primary school age

If I-Foundation are successful in the opening of a Hindu Faith secondary school, this will be a massive step forward on contributing towards secondary school places in the relevant areas – whether you want to send your child to a faith school or to a community school.

Please contact us if you have any questions, or require hard copies, on:

Deadline for completed survey responses is 23rd May so please action NOW!

Thank you so much for your help

Nitesh Gor


Ruth Ash's picture
Thu, 23/06/2011 - 16:34

Hi Avis,

I completely agree that there is no decent local provision at all for girls attending the schools you mention; and I think this is a scandal.

However the faith schools are not, as you say, under subscribed at all. Quiet the opposite, they are very heavily oversubscribed with many parents wanting faith schools this year unable to get places.

If there was a decent, local, non denom, co-ed state school for our children; then I guess many parents who have sent children to faith schools (like myself) would choose this option.

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