Question to Council regarding Sudbourne and Orchard primary schools

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Orchard Primary School

Ahead of the next meeting of Lambeth Council next week, written questions to the Cabinet have been published. Brixton Hill councillor Adrian Garden asked for an update regarding the long hoped for expansion of Sudbourne Primary School, and the planned rebuild of Orchard Primary School on Christchurch Road.

Here is the cabinet member’s reply. Continue reading

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Christmas fetes this weekend

Brixton Hill’s two principal Christmas fairs take place this weekend. On Saturday 3rd December Corpus Christi Primary School will hold its fair 12-4 with Santa’s Grotto plus food and goodies, compered by Miranda Sawyer and Richard Avery.

This is followed by Sudbourne School’s Winter Fair on Sunday 1-4 with the traditional stalls and raffle. Entrance £1.

Corpus Christi schoolchildren are also taking part in the switch-on of Brixton’s Christmas lights tonight (Friday 2nd December) at 6pm.

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Brixton Hill schools among top performers in league table

In the league tables of primary schools published this week by the Department for Education, the four primary schools in Brixton Hill ward all performed strongly, in the context of excellent results for Lambeth as a whole. While league tables have clear limitations, these results indicate the improvements local schools have shown in recent years and the excellence we have here in Brixton Hill.

Sudbourne and Corpus Christi schools did particularly well according to the league tables, coming second and third respectively in the ranking of Lambeth schools. Richard Atkins and Christ Church schools also out-performed the national average. We congratulate pupils and staff on their achievements.

Lambeth schools were also among the best in the country at closing the gap for disadvantaged pupils.

Have your say on Sudbourne School’s expansion

SudbourneLogoSmallFollowing outline planning permission granted earlier this year, the Council are now consulting on the detail of the proposals to expand Sudbourne Primary School using the vacant site on the other side of Sudbourne Road.

The proposed expansion would enable Sudbourne School to expand from the current 1.5 form entry school, to a 3 form entry school.  This would mean that from September 2015, the new school would open its doors, and would be able to admit 90 children in each year group, instead of the current 45.  Eventually, Sudbourne School would be able to accommodate 630 pupils from Reception up to Year 6; twice the current number.

Brixton Hill’s councillors and Lambeth’s lead on education, Cllr Rachel Heywood, have been working with the school to ensure the expansion maintains the current school’s ethos and way of working.

Now local residents have a chance to have their say on the plans on Tuesday December 17. Proposed designs will be on display at a drop-in session at the school between 2-8pm and people will be able to comment on them and speak with the designers.

Councillor Florence Nosegbe welcomed Sudbourne’s proposed expansion earlier this year: “More and more people are choosing to send their kids to local schools which is good, but bad because there’s not enough space. As one of the only councillors who went to primary and secondary school in Lambeth, I know how important it is for local children to get access to local schools.”

This weekend: Tulse Hill Market & Sudbourne School Fair

Screen Shot 2013-12-06 at 13.29.14As we get closer to Christmas, events are popping up around the area. Here are a couple taking place this weekend.

Tulse Hill Arts & Crafts Market
Saturday 7 December, 11-4
Rush Common, Brixton Hill at the corner of Upper Tulse Hill

This month the regular market organised by the Tulse Hill Forum has a special guest – Santa! There are the usual arts and crafts, and home-made goodies.

Check out this video made by local resident Natasha Coleman:

Sudbourne Primary School Winter Fair
Saturday 7 December, 11.30-2.30
Sudbourne School, Hayter Road/Sudbourne Road

There’ll be a santa’s grotto, tombola, Christmas gifts, games, face painting and a craft area. Kids can even get down to writing a letter to Father Christmas. A cafe will be serving homemade cakes, mulled wines, soups and stews.

Entrance is on Sudbourne Road and adults pay 50p for entry, kids go free.