Goldsmiths school takeover collapses

Goldsmiths University’s attempt to set up a ‘trust’ to takeover the running of 3 secondary schools in the New Cross / Deptford / Brockley area seems to have ended in failure. The idea of using a trust is a new method of effectively privatising schools – removing them permanently from any kind of democratic control (and while the council isn’t that democratic it’s better than the opaque workings of an unaccountable body like the trust).

It’s also part of the ongoing process of favouring a certain kind of aspirational ‘middle class friendly’ education (which i call “blazerisation”) which includes the transfer of primary schools to the Haberdashers empire (Monson school transferred last year and they are now targeting Merlin school in Downham) instead of schools being genuinely comprehensive hearts of their community.

Martin Powell-Davies, Lewisham NUT Secretary, said: “This is tremendous news for everyone who supports comprehensive education. The Trust was always a half-baked idea. Its supporters were never able to show how a Trust would really benefit education. It would have taken staff out of Council employment and would have been a significant step towards the break-up of Local Authority schooling in the borough. We hope that we can now work together to strengthen genuine partnership between schools, not a divisive Trust”.

Des Freedman, UCU Secretary at Goldsmiths, said: “We are delighted that the proposers of the Trust have finally seen sense. We hope that they will continue to demonstrate their support for comprehensive education and not be swayed by the false promises from the Conservatives for more Academies”.

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