HF Council announces its intention to review Sulivan and New Kings Primary plans

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Hammersmith and Fulham Council announces its intention to review Sulivan and New King's Primary plans

Monday June 2, 2014

Above (L-R): Sue Macmillan, Cabinet Member (elect) for Children and Education; Wendy Aldridge, Sulivan Primary School Headteacher; Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader (elect) of H&F Council

Hammersmith & Fulham Council has announced its intention to review the decisions, taken in February, to close Sulivan by effectively merging it with a newly-expanded New King's School. It now intends to publish proposals to revoke those decisions.

This follows the new Administration’s intended change to its housing policy that could see demand for primary school places rise in the local area.

Watch the video of Cllr Stephen Cowan's special announcement on YouTube» (opens new window)

The change in housing policy, signalled in the new Administration’s manifesto, places a greater emphasis on the need for new affordable homes to rent which could have a particular impact on the South Fulham Riverside development where 1,000 extra homes are being built.

A decision to merge the two schools was taken in January in order to reduce the number of surplus places across the two schools by 15 per year group. A significant change in housing policy could mean those places are now needed.

Council officers will be reassessing the likely future demand for school places and a decision paper on whether to publish proposals for the two schools to stay open is likely to be presented to the next Cabinet meeting on June 23.

If proposals are published, all affected parties and the wider community will have the opportunity to make comments in response.

Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader-Elect of Hammersmith & Fulham Council, said: "We have a duty to ensure that the local community has sufficient, good quality places available."

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Brilliant news. And James where are you getting your information from? Not entirely sure you're right... At all...
By the way, Fulham Boys School still has spaces available for September if you're interested.
From A Parent on 16/06/2014 at 23:13
I hope this council will save sulivan school ,my son, neices and nephews went there it is a fantastic school why should a decent school be shoved out off their premises to make way for another secondary school when Hurlingham and chelsea are only 200 yards away (even if it is a free school)
From jenni on 13/06/2014 at 15:58
"I hope the council will also continue to support Fulham Boys School" - I don''t. Going by how it was described by the people behind it, the place sounded like something from the 1950s with its outdated and backward outlook. I''m thankful Sulivan has been saved.
From Henry on 13/06/2014 at 15:03
Very good news. Sulivan school has a lovely open site with a garden. So much nicer for children than being trapped behind high walls on a main road with a railway running above it. We do not need anymore secondary schools in the area.
From jarman on 11/06/2014 at 08:29
DREADFUL news! The reason Sullivan always has space, and takes so many children from outside H&F is not because it is popular locally. What will it take to improve this school?
Any ideas on where Fulham Boys might be located? (BTW, it too is full of local children).
From James on 11/06/2014 at 05:52
In light of this decision, I hope the council will also continue to support Fulham Boys School. There is a very clear need for more high quality secondary school places in Fulham, particularly for boys, and this need will obviously increase if housing reviews mean there will be a greater demand for primary school places.
From NIcola on 10/06/2014 at 18:35
But don't forget the Fulham Boys School. Fulham really needs this school.
From Sue on 10/06/2014 at 13:53
I am delighted you are going to look at the plans for the Sulivan School. I emailed my objections many times to and know that residents in the area were very concerned at what was happening. One of my long time friends lived in Daisy Lane and was the Chairman of the Carers National Association Branch that I formed in 1980.
From June on 08/06/2014 at 10:46
What a good decision to review this crazy plan - although my children are all grown up I couldn''t believe closing a cosy effective small school to send primary children to such an enormous building where they would be overwhelmed. Well done for acting quickly.
From Sarah on 07/06/2014 at 14:53
welcome back!
brilliant news!! save sullivan!
From barnett-king on 06/06/2014 at 19:25
That is the best news sofar. Hoping Sulivan remains just as it has always been, the best school in the borough! Looking forward to it and very sorry about the nightmare the whole staff went through, best wishes. Also hoping a few people are exposed in the process. Mireille
From Mireille Glossop on 06/06/2014 at 18:16
What a waste of time and money! We certainly do need a boys secondary school in Fulham and this would be a perfect site. A great place for the boys of the new merged school to attend. Yes it may disruptive for those at Sullivan now but look to the future!
From T on 06/06/2014 at 16:18
Very happy to hear that the new authorities are planning to save Sulivan School!
From Javier B. on 06/06/2014 at 16:08
What a great news for the kids and we the parents as well all as the teachers @ Sullivan.
Thanks Wendy for a good fight.
From aryee-hyde on 04/06/2014 at 20:48
Well done, playing with the mind of our children for six months.
We think that is a complete waist of time and resources of the council.
You are in the right track. the futures of our children is in a good hand.
From N on 04/06/2014 at 18:06
Well done, very happy!
Thank you
From Irada on 03/06/2014 at 19:47
From sue on 03/06/2014 at 14:09
I really hope that Sulivan school (a perfectly good school) is saved. We don''t need a free school or more private housing in Fulham!
From Hayley on 03/06/2014 at 11:58
That is very good news indeed.
From Chris Birch on 03/06/2014 at 11:39
That is very good news indeed.
From Chris Birch on 03/06/2014 at 11:39
Wonderful news! A credit to all those who sustained such a long campaign to keep the school open.....fighting against the odds and winning is such a good feeling!
From Ivan on 03/06/2014 at 07:38
HOORAY!! Somebody actually talking sense!!''
Sulivan is a wonderful community school that gives your child a superb all over education that starts and prepares them for their life ahead.
Well done to everyone who fought for Sulivan!!
From Sue carter ex parent on 02/06/2014 at 20:51


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