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UK's first 'parent-powered' school set to open

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Elmgreen School opens its doors on Monday

The country’s first parent-promoted school, Elmgreen School, opens its doors to its first ever intake of students on Monday (September 10).

Representatives from Lambeth Council, the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and Partnership for Schools will join headteacher, Asma Mansuri, to welcome the students.

Lambeth Council is funding the school as part of its £220 million Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

Elmgreen School is the first new local authority secondary school to be opened in Lambeth for over 40 years. 

Plans for the unique new school were developed jointly between parents, the council and partners.

Parents responded to a proposal from Lambeth Council to build a brand new school and establish a Parent Promoted Foundation (PPF). 

The PPF, which currently has 380 members, works closely with the school and the governing body, sharing ideas about developing family engagement.

Councillor Sally Prentice, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “It is very exciting to be involved in the opening of a new school.  I’m thrilled that Lambeth is the first council in the country to have a parent promoter school, and I’d like to congratulate the parents for having the vision, determination and commitment to make it happen.”

Headteacher Asma Mansuri who, in conjunction with Lambeth and the PPF, has worked hard to help bring about this much needed school is pleased with all that has been achieved by the school staff in such a short period of time. 

She said: “The recent approval of our specialist humanities application, prior to opening, is a real vote of confidence in the school. The resources it brings will enhance the learning experience of our own students and those of our community partners. It is excellent news to receive on the eve of our opening.”

Students will spend their first two years at the interim school site in Gypsy Road while their new state of the art school is being built at its permanent location on Elmcourt Road.

Jim Knight MP, Minister of State for Schools and Learners, said: "Congratulations to everyone in Lambeth who has worked so hard to make this project happen.  The opening of a new school is really exciting for any community but the fact that local parents themselves have been responsible for setting up Elmgreen gives an even greater sense of involvement, responsibility and pride in its future.  I hope The Elmgreen School will be an inspiration to other communities around the country."

Lambeth is working hard to increase the number of secondary school places in the borough.

The Elmgreen School will help to provide much needed secondary school places in the borough.

It is part of a longer term programme in which Lambeth will use BSF investment to build on the back of rising education standards and provide first schooling for all of its children and young people. Lambeth already has one academy and a second will open in 2008. 

In addition, Stockwell Park High School is being completely rebuilt and will be able to provide more places from 2010.

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