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Protect Durand - let our school have a say in its future

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A recent Government decision about Durand’s future is putting our role in the local community in jeopardy.

Durand Academy is a thriving school with a strong sense of community at its heart. We are proud of our position as a school that helps educate Lambeth’s children and supports them to achieve to the best of their ability.

Instead of allowing Durand a say in the future of our school, the Department for Education has taken the independent decision to merge us into the Harris Federation school of academies.

Whilst we have a lot of respect for the Harris Federation and what they have achieved elsewhere in London, we do not believe this decision protects the best interests of our pupils and staff, nor reflects the unique role Durand plays in the local community.

Instead, we are respectfully requesting that the Department for Education consider an alternative proposal for the future of Durand, one which will allow the school to remain true to its values and continue its important role at the heart of Lambeth’s community.

We propose entering into a partnership agreement with the outstanding Dunraven School. Located in the same borough, and sharing the principles Durand so fervently believes in, we feel strongly that a partnership of this kind is in the best interest of our pupils, parents and teachers.

By creating a thriving educational partnership of this kind, we have an opportunity to start an exciting new chapter for the children of Lambeth and build on the outstanding education provided in our borough

Everyone at Durand is committed to building a strong and secure future for the school, one in which every pupil receives the highest possible standard of education no matter their background. We believe this future could be put at risk unless the Department for Education considers our alternative proposal.

We call on the Department for Education to allow Durand to remain a local school, serving the best interests of local children.

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