Lambeth council says the proposed new Trinity free school in Brixton should only employ qualified teachers.
In common with all local authorities, Lambeth has absolutely no power to prevent free schools setting up despite growing fears that Trinity will have a negative impact on existing education provision in the borough.
In a letter to the school’s board of governors, council leader Cllr Lib Peck said: “…we seek your assurance that the Trinity free school plans to recruit and employ only suitably qualified teachers. Our experience in overseeing excellent urban education has demonstrated that high quality teaching is essential to good educational results.”
The council has expressed concerns about the location of the proposed four form entry Catholic secondary school which will not be bound by the national curriculum and “…. the unintended negative impact the school may have on existing Lambeth schools and … education of local children.”
Lambeth council, which has a statutory duty to ensure every child in the borough has a school place, believes there is no shortage of secondary school places and fears the new school “….will have an adverse impact on secondary schools in the centre and north of the borough, undermining existing good provision.”