Katharine Birbalsingh postpones free school opening

A free school being set up by the Tories’ star teacher, Katharine Birbalsingh, will not open this year as planned. 

Birbalsingh gave a blistering speech to the Conservative party conference in 2010 in which she attacked dumbed-down standards in exams and “chaos” in classrooms.

She illustrated her speech with pictures of pupils at her then school, St Michael and All Angels C of E Academy in south London. Soon after the speech, she left the school. The school itself closed last year.

Birbalsingh had planned to open a secondary school, the Michaela community school, in Tooting, south London, this September, but she has failed to secured her preferred location.

Read the story:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/feb/24/katharine-birbalsingh-free-school-opening?fb=native&CMP=FBCNETTXT9038

Stephen Twigg writes here:

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-24029328-the-lottery-of-securing-a-primary-school-place.do

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