Tories Sit On The Fence Over Bolingbroke Admissions

Wandsworth Tory Councillors, including Cllr. Strickland, Chair of Governors at Falconbrook School have voted not to recommend that the new Bolingbroke Academy includes Falconbrook Primary in its catchment area.

Information given to councillors last week showed that the school’s admissions policy would be fairer to disadvantaged children if Falconbrook was included as a feeder school. Including the school would increase the proportion of children entitled to free school meals in the new Bolingbroke school from an estimated 19% without Falconbrook to around 26% if it was included, bringing it closer to the Wandsworth average.

Labour councillors and parent Governors combined to vote against the Conservatives’ neutral stance on Falconbrook but the recommendation, allowing the school’s sponsors ARK  and Northcote parents to make the decision on admissions, squeezed through by one vote.

Cllr. Andy Gibbons

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