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Listen to the Carlton parents

07 January, 2021

Carlton School

• GOOD to see Camden leader Cllr Georgia Gould, now the chair of all London Councils, forcing the government to close all London primaries.

Unfortunately Camden’s cabinet is still seemingly pressing ahead with its forced closure of Carlton school as a legal entity against the wishes of 97 per cent of balloted parents, (Carlton parents’ vote has been ignored, January 7).

Council officers and councillors seem not only oblivious to the wishes of parents but have a complete lack of understanding of the impact of the pandemic on families, especially those from the BAME communities.

Leaving aside the issues related to loss of education, lack of availability of the internet, and problems of getting child care, many families are struggling financially, live in overcrowded housing conditions, and care for vulnerable relatives.

Their situation has not been helped by the flawed first stage of the consultation, especially that with BAME communities, which has left many confused and angry.

Carlton will now not reopen until at least mid-February, making further consultation with parents almost impossible. Will they then be rushed into making decisions about the long-term future of their child’s education; indeed which school they will go to?

Surely, given all the uncertainties, this is now the time for Cllr Gould to meet the wishes of the parents who voted for a delay.

This would then allow, as has been requested, more time for pupils to catch up on their missed learning and a further work on a set of proposals which meet the needs of parents and the wider community.

MICK FARRANT,
NW5

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