UCL: Dont Sponsor an Academy in Camden sign now

We the undersigned are Camden residents or members of UCL staff. We are concerned that UCL is the preferred sponsor for a City Academy in Camden.

Academies are privatised schools. They are not maintained schools; consequently parents and students are not protected by education law and staff are outside national pay and conditions.

We have three major concerns:
Why is UCL only linking with one Camden school and not the family of schools? An elite school would be seriously detrimental to other Camden schools and will prejudice our work with other secondary schools. Such a move runs counter to the historic inclusive ethos of UCL.
The site for the proposed academy is currently occupied by Swiss Cottage Special School. Swiss Cottage Special School is an outstanding school, agreed to be the #1 special school in the UK. The school has been given no guarantees that there will be no loss of provision for their students. UCL should not be sponsoring a school that will seriously damage special needs education in Camden.
Parents and students have demanded a new community school for many years. But if UCL signs a private deal with Camden Council, this will prevent a community school being considered.

Therefore we demand that UCL withdraws its sponsorship of an academy in Camden.

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    (my children are both at a camden school)
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Brent WaltersBy:
City LifeIn:
Petition target:
UCL Provost, Professor Malcolm Grant

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