Chartfield School Fights On!
Chair of the Governors refuses to give up the battle to keep Chartfield School.
On the 22nd January Wandsworth Council voted to close Chartfield school. Chartfield is a special needs secondary school in Putney which caters for children who are classed as delicate/vulnerable and who have specific learning difficulties.
and friends of the school demonstrated outside the town hall before
the meeting and packed the public gallery. Despite the school's very
However, Wandsworth aren't being any more specific! In fact they haven't used a peripatetic service anywhere else and have no examples of where else outside of the borough it works. Our Parents don't want mainstream and they certainly don't want their current excellent provision being replaced by if, buts and maybes. Plus, mainstream don't want us. That's why no Wandsworth maintained secondary school agreed to a unit.
our Parents raised the issue of bullying we were told they would give
our kids classes on how to try to avoid it, and that they would try
and set some sort of quiet room up so they could hide away. Most of
our pupils have already been bullied badly that's why they are classed
So what next. We go to the Schools Organisation Committee. They have to be unanimous either way which is highly unlikely. Then it goes to an Adjudicator appointed by the Dept for Education and Skills who makes the final decision. If all else fails then we go to court.
All details of the campaign are on www.handsoffchartfield.co.uk
January 26, 2004