Initiatives to support schools to flourish

Statement

Mandeville School is a flourishing high-quality primary school in Hackney. The Hackney Education team regards Mandeville, and the LEAP federation to which it belongs, very highly. We are supporting LEAP initiatives to further grow Mandeville, including increasing nursery places, Forest School provision, free school meals for all families, the holiday play scheme and the groundbreaking Hackney School of Food.

Recently, a leaflet has been disseminated in the community, claiming there may be Council plans to close Mandeville School. To confirm: we have no intention of suggesting a closure of Mandeville and have never discussed any such plan. Any statement to this effect is wrong and is spreading disinformation in the community.

A press article earlier this year discussed forward planning for schools in Hackney: this comprised two concurrent issues: our short-term review of school places in light of a decrease in the number of reception-age children in the borough; and our longer-term considerations should rolls continue to fall. This article drew on the Hackney Education’s school organisation plan document, which is available online, and a public consultation we carried out on immediate admission reductions proposals.

The consultation resulted in six primary schools reducing the number of places in their reception classes from September 2022. One of these was Mandeville. These reductions help secure the future of the schools as thriving parts of our community.

There is no council plan to close any school. Looking at the longer-term, we continue to keep a range of options under consideration when scrutinising demographics, including the impact of housing developments and requirement for special needs places.

Annie Gammon
Director of Education
@HackneyDirofEd

Author: Annie Gammon

Annie Gammon, Director of Education, Hackney Education. Championing young people and education in Hackney: a place for everyone.