I have seen confidential Council information that confirms the Askham Family Centre will house the West London Free School (led by Toby Young, pictured) for a peppercorn rent until the Palingswick Centre in Hammersmith is ready to house the school on a permanent basis.
I’ve just had a look at the West London Free School website and they’re keeping schtum. There’s nothing on Young’s Telegraph blog either.
The council claims that the Askham Centre is “underutilised”.
The Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle ran a story last week about how teachers in the borough had criticized the council’s education policy. Dennis Charman, the secretary of the H & F Teachers Association said,
“Council leaders have clearly given up on any coherent planning for education in H&F.
“This seems to include adopting a complete failure to apply any professional scrutiny to the plans and aspirations of these proposals.
“Nor do we see any information about the effects such plans might have on the funding and stability of neighbouring schools.
“The council should be taking a more critical role in testing what these groups really are capable of offering.
“They hold our local schools to account everyday of the week but when someone pops up with a free school idea they completely lose the plot and fall over themselves to cheer them on from the sidelines.”
I understand that there are plans to open another 3 of these in the borough.