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Petitioning London Borough of Waltham Forest and 1 other

Save George Tomlinson Primary School

The Lime Academy Trust has been put into George Tomlinson Community School in Leytonstone, even though it isn't an Academy. They are making profound, damaging changes to the school. The hard-working Governing Body were put in an impossible position and forced to resign. Since Lime have taken control of the school, there have been unexplained staff changes and disappearances, damaging changes to Special Educational Needs provision, sports coaching, and to Golden Time, which is the foundation of our school’s behaviour policy.

As parents of the school we are unhappy with the way these changes are affecting our children. No parent could sit around and let their child’s education get mishandled in this way. We are campaigning to preserve and stop the continual dismantling of a school loved by the whole community.

In 2012 Ofsted found our school to be good with outstanding features. The school is in a diverse area of East London and as parents we greatly value the caring and inclusive atmosphere fostered at the school. The changes imposed by the Lime Academy Trust are eroding our school ethos and child-focused environment, which is what made the school special. The staff changes are concerning, as is the lack of consultation and communication around this whole process. Children are becoming unsettled and unhappy. Their voice is no longer being heard.

The school is still maintained by the Local Authority. We are calling for the London Borough of Waltham Forest to remove the Lime Academy Trust Partnership from George Tomlinson School and to be replaced by a new Interim headteacher with no links to any Academy or Academy Trust until a permanent headteacher is in place.

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  • Councillor Grace Williams

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