Prompted by a few threads on this site, I have had a look at the website for school being proposed by Katharine Birbalsingh in Lambeth. The first very noticeable thing is that it is to be called the Michaela Community School
. Is the title " community school" making a comeback even before Michael Gove has managed to abolish them all? The fact that this will be a free school is buried away on the site - this is interesting. Maybe being a free school is now old hat - I have been thinking for a while that there might be some merit in just soldiering on as a community or voluntary aided school as eventually we will be special, unique and different. Free schools and academies will be the bog standard model.
Secondly, unless I am missing something, there is no information at all about the people who plan to start and presumably run this school - just a picture of a few nameless individuals. Why then should we have any confidence that they can deliver their grandiose claims. Anyone can set up a website and make any number of claims about what they plan to achieve. There is no way of knowing that this will be translated into reality until the school is up and running. It will be very interesting to see what happens in the real world when they are grappling with recruiting staff, ever decreasing budgets and above all, the unexpected .
One final interesting point - there seems to be an assumption on this site and amongst the various comments in the media that Katharine Birbalsingh will be the head teacher. As she is also the founder of the school, will she be appointing herself?