I am a governor at St Peter’s primary school, one of the schools (along with Park Hill Juniors), which is planning to join a Multi Academy Trust with Wallington Boys Grammar School on the basis that they will set up a Free School on that site. The whole point of our schools joining their Trust is that they have promised secondary school places for our pupils. We very much need a new secondary school in this part of the borough as at present our pupils are dispersed far and wide after they leave us. Expanding existing schools (even if this could be done) will not solve that problem.
I’m sure we all support the Green Belt but there needs to be some discrimination. There is no point taking a view that every blade of grass is sacrosanct. With Lloyd Park so near at hand there is surely scope for taking a bit of the Coombe Playing Field site for a school. I hope this will not be made a party political matter. Our children should come first.
With best wishes