21 October 2007

Psssst: Voulez vous acheter une ecole?

For many months, long before the rugby world cup kicked off in France, Tory councillors in Hammersmith & Fulham have been in talks with the French government about selling off local schools.

While the decision to close Peterborough Primary School in Fulham was only taken by the Tory Cabinet on 10 September, it is clear that discussions have been going on with the French embassy much longer to develop a private French school on the site.

Hammersmith & Fulham Tory MP, Greg Hands, has just published figures showing a growing number of local parents are choosing to use private schools. He says he wants more parents to use the state system.

So why is the council closing a state primary so another private school can be opened? And why is it doing a deal with the French government? Not that the finances have been disclosed to date, of course.

Now Hurlingham & Chelsea secondary school - recently reprieved from the axe - is being forced to go into 'partnership' with the French to save its future. C'est la vie?

* If you're interested in seeing documents revealing discussions between Hammersmith & Fulham council and the French government about creating French schools in the borough, please email hfconwatch@hotmail.co.uk

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