Hello there. I was also involved in the demonstration about the proposed free school. Apologies if people felt harrassed - I guess it is a topic that many of us feel very strongly about. I totally understand the concerns about small children wandering off as I had my 3 year old helping hand out leaflets
If there are any questions regarding the information in the leaflet, I'd be very happy to answer them. The key sources of leaflet information are set out below for those interested (hopefully my links will work!):
1. Only 27% of Northcote ward children aged 11-15 are currently educated in Wandsworth state schools (this is from a council report - see page 17 of http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/moderngov/ ... x?ID=11818
2. Only 6 (out of the 500) 11-16 year olds in Northcote ward are currently educated at Chestnut Grove (see page 18 at the link above)
3. This is despite it being just over a mile away from the proposed new school site, rated outstanding by Ofsted and the ninth school nationally in last year's league tables for contextual value add
4. There is a common misconception that Northcote residents would struggle to gain a place at Chestnut Grove on distance grounds. Of course, if all of the children leaving Honeywell and Belleville suddenly applied, there would not be enough space. However, last year's furthest distances where pupils were admitted are as below (bands A-E represent a banding of year 6 aptitude test results with A being the 20% with the highest scores):
A = 2.6 miles
B = 2.3 miles
C = 1.7 miles
D = 1.5 miles
E = 1.2 miles
(see page 23 of the booklet that you can download here http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/downloads/ ... chool_2011
We are asking the Council to make a full assessment of where school places are needed in the Borough and plan accordingly to meet needs. I can entirely understand why local parents would like a school in Northcote but it does not necessarily seem the best use of Â£13million in a time of limited resources and I think it is up to the Council to demonstrate why the school is most needed in this area in particular before spending such sums.
Happy to discuss other thoughts!