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Petition to Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Conservative Group

RBWM Conservatives must have a 'policy vote' on Lowbrook, not a 'free vote'.

Lowbrook Academy was asked by RBWM to expand in 2016, in line with the Conservative Group Manifesto 2015 ("Continue to invest money in school expansion, focused on the best schools").  The school is already over subscribed.  For the last 4 years its taken 30 extra children into the Reception year because there is such a shortage of school places in the local area.  As a result, some students now have to be transported to a different site each day as there are currently not enough classrooms on the school grounds.  The hall is not big enough to fit the bulging population of the school and some facilities are no longer fit for purpose. So expansion plans were drawn up and agreed, and building work began.  All parties, including the Theresa May MP, were very satisfied that the school had agreed to expand and the future looked bright at Lowbrook. Then in March 2017 there was a sudden withdrawal of funds by RBWM. The Council cited a dispute with the size of the new hall as a reason for the U-turn, even though it had already been agreed at various stages of planning.  The amount in dispute ended up being approx £250k. The withdrawal of funding means Lowbrook Academy are now unable to continue with the expansion, meaning that they can't offer the extra 120 places that the community urgently needs.  The leader of RBWM Council, Simon Dudley, has decided that the decision as to whether to reinstate the funding will be voted at a Full Council Meeting.   There are 53 Conservative Councillors, 3 independents and 1 Lib Dem on the Council.  The 53 Conservatives have their own group called the RBWM Conservative Group.  They have separate meetings, make decisions together and then take them to Full Council meetings as a team.  If the decision they're voting on is related to any of their own policies (See their latest manifesto at http://www.rbwmconservatives.com/ ) they will hold a 'policy vote' and it will be passed as a matter of course.  If the decision is not related to any of their own policies, they hold a 'free vote' where members are allowed to vote based on individual opinion. On the 19th June 2017 the RBWM Conservative Group will vote on whether to support the reinstatement of Lowbrook's withdrawn funds. The leader of the Group, Simon Dudley, has decided to make it a 'free vote', allowing all the Conservative Group members to vote by individual choice.  However, school expansion is one of the RBWM Conservative Group's policies, as referred to in their manifesto.  It's such a priority that the Council had committed a total of £32m for school expansion projects, including Lowbrook's. So I say the vote on 19th June should be a policy vote.  Not a free vote.  School expansion is an existing policy. A policy vote would secure support for the school at the next Full Council meeting and the much-needed funding would therefore be reinstated. If Simon Dudley holds a free vote instead of a policy vote, I fear this sets a dangerous precedent for other schools and puts all future expansion projects in jeopardy.  So furthermore, I also say that all future school expansion decisions should be policy votes and not free votes.

Amy Monks
239 supporters
Started 24 hours ago

Petition to The Hon Simon Birmingham MP

Help overrule government's decision of delaying Australian school’s funding

The Federal government has FAILED the Australian students. Imagine already struggling to make ends meet, living pay-to-pay each month, as a single mother, father or struggling in the modern world we live in. And then, imagine, being told that your next payslip was your last. And then losing your job because of the mismanagement of others. A few years ago, the fraudulent external management board, AFIC, swindled government funding and hardworking parents’ fees, spending profits externally, instead of spending the money on the rightful recipients, students of Malek Fahd Islamic School. Since a government crackdown, AFIC has been removed, and a new school board of well-qualified, and educated individuals has been elected, including current Chairman UNSW Professor Dr. John Bennett amongst others. Since then, the new board has worked on a volunteer basis, day and night,to solve the crisis and reinstate the lost funds by complying with the standards set by the Australian government. However, due to issues pertaining to AFIC and the government’s unwillingness to compromise, the Education Minister, Simon Birmingham has decided to freeze the school’s funding, and now the fate of 2650 staff & students hangs precariously in the balance. If this decision persists, the school will be unable to reopen in Term 3. Students in Year 12, completing their HSC, already facing immense levels of psychological and emotional stress, have their futures hanging in limbo, unsure if they will even be able to sit their trials and HSC exams  in school. If the funding is not reinstated, the school will face closure and students & staff will be displaced, ripped apart and separated. Hundreds of teachers will be unemployed, and thousands of Australian children across three different campuses will be forced to relocate in the already overcrowding education system, adding more pressure onto them and parents. We are just like any other school, teach the normal Australian syllabus with hardworking, determined teachers and students. The school has complied with all of the regulations set by NESA. So why are we facing such a sudden and imminent closure? The closure of the school will be a great injustice for all the students and teachers and will be a great loss to the community. Why should the parents, teachers and students be punished for the actions of a fraudulent, mismanaging ex-board? Why punish the innocent? This is a final request and attempt by the current school captains of MFIS. Our request is simple. We need time, and we request this to allow the new, well-qualified school board adequate time to develop a long-term solution. But for this, we need funding, urgently, so please, help us appeal to the federal government and let us save the future of our Australian children. Save our school.   #SAVEMFIS

Juwariya M
976 supporters