Lambeth Council is aware that for parents/carers and children getting a school place can be stressful. That is why Lambeth Council want to ensure that the allocation of school places is clear, objective and provides fair access to our schools – schools that are among the very best in the country and continue to improving teaching and learning.
Lambeth Council want to hear from parents/carers, schools staff, registered early years providers, governing bodies, diocesan representatives or other (relevant religious authorities), admission authorities in other boroughs and anyone who has an interest in the proposed admission arrangements.
Both Rosendale Primary School and The Elmgreen School are consulting on changes to their admission arrangements for the 2019/2020 academic year.
All comments will be taken into consideration in determining our final admission arrangements by 15 January 2018.
Council Leader, Lib Peck, Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich & West Norwood and Councillor Claire Holland, Deputy Cabinet member for Children & Schools recently all spoke at a public forum with the Fair Funding for All Schools campaign alongside the NUT, teachers, parents and students plus other speakers to support the national parent-led campaign that opposes the governments cuts to school funding.
The meeting was held on Wednesday 15 March at a local Lambeth school and was attended by over 250 people. The concern of parents and teachers was clear in the passion of those present.
We are rightly proud of our Lambeth schools. Ofsted’s annual report states that, despite high levels of disadvantage, Lambeth has “nothing but good and outstanding secondary schools” . In fact, the most recent figures tell us that 96% of our schools are good or better and 40% are outstanding. That ranks us in the top 15 of 152 local authorities.
Lambeth Labour are calling on the government to invest more funding in schools, and in particular to provide an additional £335m per year (1% of the DfE’s schools budget) to ensure no school loses funding as a direct result of the implementation of the National Funding Formula.
We are working with London Councils and we will be providing a full and robust technical response to the consultation on the National Funding Formula which ends on 22 March 2017.
In case you missed it, here’s a great video from the Fair Funding for Lambeth Schools campaign meeting that Councillors Anna and Max attended last week. Get involved in the campaign in your school or neighbourhood by contacting us or the local campaign team here.
Cllr Max Deckers spoke at Council last week in response to Cllr Jackie Medlrum’s update to a question regarding Hearing Suppport Services in Lambeth’s schools.
Firstly, let me assure you that we are committed to having in place a Hearing Support Service (HSS) that meets the needs of the children and young people who need it, has the confidence of parents/carers and young people and reflects the best advice that is available about good practice.
Currently the HSS in Lambeth consists of two elements: an Outreach Service and a primary provision based at Jubilee Primary School, a partner school in the Loughborough Federation of Schools. In addition there is a secondary resource base at Elmgreen School for deaf pupils.
I understand that changes at Jubilee Primary School and the relocation of the Outreach Service to the Kennington Park site, to join the Visual Support Service, have caused some concern and uncertainty.
For background, over recent years the provision at Jubilee has seen some changes both in terms of the numbers of pupils attending and the way the pupils are supported. In 2010/11 there were 19 pupils but in 2014/15 numbers have reduced to 4. Pupils now spend virtually their whole time supported in mainstream classes whereas previously they tended to be educated separately in a special unit.
We are currently considering the future of this service. During the autumn term the Council carried out a consultation with families, schools & others to determine the future provision for deaf children and young people in Lambeth. A report describing the provision and how it will be commissioned will be published early in 2015. The recommendations will take into account the concerns and wishes of the parents, professionals and concerned organisations who contributed to the consultation.