Lewisham Bridge School Occupation against Privatisation

Tony Gosling tony at tlio.org.uk
Mon Jun 22 23:34:24 BST 2009

 Hands Off Lewisham Bridge - Eviction Alert - Call for support

riotact | 22.06.2009 11:43 | Education | Free Spaces | Social Struggles
An eviction notice has been served on the occupation at Lewisham Bridge.

Bailiffs are arriving at 10.30 on Wednesday morning.

Hands Off Lewisham Bridge are asking for your support in resisting the
eviction. We need as many people as possible to stay overnight on Tuesday.
If you can't stay overnight then please come down as early as possible on
Wednesday morning to support the occupation.

We want to let Lewisham Council know that they are evicting people who
have been peacefully protesting over the destruction of community
education at our school.

Lewisham Council still don't have planning permission for their new
school. Lewisham Council still haven't told us why the decant had to take
place at Easter, when children were taking SATs and banding tests.
Lewisham Council still haven't told us why they are prepared to wash their
hands of the responsibility of educating our children.

If Lewisham Bridge Primary School is given to Leathersellers we parents
will have no say in the governance of our school. Staff will be employed
by Leathersellers who will set their own terms and conditions taking those
teachers out of a collective national teaching body.

This is privatisation! This is bringing the market into our kids'
education, where the only motivation is profit and the only measure is
league table.

Trusts and academies will compete for those children they believe to be
desirable and leave those whom they don't on the scrapheap. Why have
Prendergast rejected the Travellers Education Service that used to be
based at the school? Why have Prendergast rejected the proposal to
establish a SEN (Special Educational Needs) unit at the new school?

A consultation process has already started for a trust led by Goldsmiths
University which will govern 3 schools: Addey & Stanhope, Deptford Green
and Crossways. It is a process that has exactly the same goal. To take our
schools out of the public sector and hand them over to the private sector.

We cannot let them get away with this. We can fight this together and we
can win!

Come down to Lewisham Bridge Primary School and let the bailiffs know that
we're not going easily.

Hands Off Lewisham Bridge

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