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Carlton is at the heart of our community and we will fight for it

28 November, 2019

• AS Gospel Oak councillors, we were deeply upset to hear that closing Carlton Primary School was one possibility being considered in response to the borough-wide issues around falling school rolls.

It’s shocking that Camden Council has been put in a position of having to even think about options like closing schools.

It’s no reflection whatsoever on the performance of Carlton, which is a brilliant community school, rated “good” by Ofsted, but rather down to Conservative school funding cuts, a lack of government investment over the last 10 years in building the new homes our communities need, and now the prospect of a Tory Brexit driving away our EU families.

We are therefore writing to show our support of the staff, parents, governors and, of course, the children of the school. Carlton is at the heart of the Gospel Oak community, in an area of real need.

The school does an excellent job for the children it serves, setting high aspirations, introducing them to boundless career possibilities, and providing a much-needed variety of after-school activities.

Multiple generations of families in our area have been educated at Carlton over its 135-year history, so it has a unique ability to work holistically with families.

As councillors we’ll fight for Carlton’s future. We’re taking inspiration from the school’s own motto: if you believe, you can achieve!

It’s essential that the council pro-actively supports and works with the school to explore all alternative options to closure.

We therefore welcome the council leadership’s recognition of the importance of Carlton for our area, and are glad of their commitment to collaborate with ward councillors and community to ensure we explore all options.

We will continue meeting with the school heads and governors, and representing the school’s needs and our community’s needs to council officers.

We’d be really happy to talk to any parents who might have concerns, or who want to share their thoughts. You can contact us via email, or come to our surgeries (details on Camden’s website).

Labour, Gospel Oak ward


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