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Gipsy Hill School opening deferred

Gipsy Hill Federation has announced with sadness that its new secondary school, Gipsy Hill School, will not be able to welcome its first intake of pupils in September 2017 as planned. Following a passionate campaign for a new secondary school by parents of pupils at the Federation family of primaries across South London backed by the local community, the Department for Education (DfE) in 2015 gave the go-ahead for Gipsy Hill School to open its doors in 2017. The school has received 2.5 applications for every place. Despite exhaustive efforts by Federation staff and Board Members to identify suitable sites, the DfE has not been able to find an ‘interim’ site to house temporary buildings for the school whilst permanent premises are built at Glenbrook, Park Avenue, Clapham. Officials from the DfE informed the Federation last week that the planned September 2017 opening should be deferred. Headteacher James Hadley said: “It is with profound sadness that the Federation has had to tell parents, future pupils and staff that we will not be able to keep our promise to open Gipsy Hill School this September. “We had discussed with the Department for Education two viable, fully planned options to house the school for two years whilst the permanent site was built. However the DfE was concerned that a delay in building work outside our control could result in temporary buildings being needed for a third year and neither of the options could offer sufficient space for an additional year’s intake. “We have discussed at length the situation with the Department for Education and together have reached the sad conclusion that we simply could not take the risk to open the school if there was any chance of not enough space for our students at any point. “The strength of parental resolve to open the school has spurred us on to do whatever it takes to open the school and I am very sorry that we aren’t able to do this in 2017.” The Gipsy Hill School is part of the Free School programme and will form part of a multi-academy trust with Gipsy Hill Federation Primary schools across South London. Lambeth and Southwark Councils have given assurances that there will be enough secondary school places for every current Year 6 pupil.

21/02/2017
Gipsy Hill School opening deferred

Come and see for yourself our Gipsy Hill School classrooms and facilities.

We held our penultimate Open Event last Saturday. Using the spare capacity at Paxton Primary School, we have converted several rooms into classrooms to show what 'A Day in the Life of Gipsy Hill School' will be like. Parents and pupils came to tour our brand new facilities at Paxton School and we received lots of positive feedback on our plans including: “The walk through covered all the key questions a parent has on a tour and makes for a very exciting , parent, teacher, child journey” “I do think class sizes are important. The average of 24 sounds great and I like the tutoring system. I think my child will be well looked after.” “Your commitment to seeing through this project over the next 10 years and your previous experience of opening a new school before shines through.” “The extra activities and clubs really appeal to me. I can see that this is more than just extra hours on the school day. I think this will really help to develop my son’s skills and character” “The curriculum is rich and the fact that you have come from state schools and made something of yourselves provides a great role model to your children.” “We love the Parent App – it’s good that we’ll be able to check what homework has been set (and handed in!), what’s on the timetable each day and top up money for lunch and trips.” “The classrooms are large, bright and very much feel like a secondary school. I’m sure that the secondary will be just as good as our fabulous Primary School!” We have now received over 200 applications for our 240 places - we're very pleased that so many parents and children are looking forward to the new school opening in September. Remember that the closing date for applications is Monday 31st October. Click here to apply now. Our final Open Event is on Thursday 13th October, 6-8pm at Paxton School, Woodland Rd, SE19 1PA. Please come along to see what a marvellous new school we are building. If you can’t make this date, please book a tour over half term. James

06/10/2016
Come and see for yourself our Gipsy Hill School classrooms and facilities.

Thought of the Week

This week our Philosophy thought of the week is: If you had to save one of the senses and lose the rest, which one would it be and why? What are your thoughts on this? Please share your opinions with everyone at home and school. We look forward to hearing all of your ideas! Reference: The Little Book of Thunks: 260 Questions to Make Your Brain Go Ouch! (Independent Thinking Series) Hardcover - 15 March 2007 by Ian Gilbert.

27/06/2016
Thought of the Week

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