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17/04/2014 15:42
James Barber
Hi Caroline_S, The new East Dulwich Harris Free School, as with other free schools when they open in Southwark, isn't part of the regular admissions process. So parents get two applications and two p
Forum: The Family Room discussion
17/04/2014 09:42
James Barber
Hi iclaudia, The stats usually show the Dulwich area and SE22 to be lower than this. But as with previous years the summary stats haven't been broken down in advance, despite requests in advance for
Forum: The Family Room discussion
16/04/2014 16:59
James Barber
Good luck to parents. This years overall 79.20% of families have been allocated their 1st preference, 94.0% one of their six preferences, 5.8% have been offered an alternative places. These numb
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15/04/2014 17:22
James Barber
Hi Otta, I didn't think you were. I wanted to answer so others had as much context and transparency as possible. I've never been or seen their 'clubhouse'. Head boys and girls are apparently invite
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15/04/2014 14:30
James Barber
Hi Otta, You don't get to be a charity since 1369 (from memory) without being cautious. The Worshipful Company will make a final go/no-go decision late June. This is the final project decision gate
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14/04/2014 23:00
James Barber
I've added to the first post on this thread the logic and thinking behind choosing Haberdashers' Aske's over The Charter School. Any question about it please email me direct.
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14/04/2014 22:55
James Barber
Have you not got a URL to link to this consultation?
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14/04/2014 22:54
James Barber
No, Otta. When the minimum wage was introduced it did not lead to lots of jobs being lost. It led to poor people having a little more money which they spent on local services creating more jobs. This
Forum: General ED issues / gossip
14/04/2014 22:46
James Barber
Hi unlurked, Large Eurobins are necessary because Lordship Lane businesses don;t work in concert with one cheaper contractor.
Forum: General ED issues / gossip
12/04/2014 22:07
James Barber
Hi 85volga, Commercial businesses each have commercial waste contracts for waste disposal. In an ideal world all the Lordship Lanes businesses would have one commercial waste contractor realising lot
Forum: General ED issues / gossip
04/04/2014 22:49
James Barber
I'm really sorry Stateeducation that the proposed new Haberdashers' Aske's East Dulwich College have offended you. Clearly no amount of consideration was ever going to satisfy you unless it produced
Forum: The Family Room discussion
04/04/2014 21:03
James Barber
Hi Stateeducation, No stitch up. The recommendation of which free school applications should be approved will be made by civil servants and Lord Nash (a conservative peer) will make the decision. I
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04/04/2014 20:47
James Barber
Hi Unlurked, That;s why I test ideas on this forum, Focus leaflets, SE22 and emails as well as knocking on all East Dulwich doors every year.
Forum: General ED issues / gossip
04/04/2014 18:23
James Barber
Hi stateeducation, I don't campaign using my family. You won't find staged pictures of me with them. To comment further would infringe on my children's right to privacy. As for me I went to a stil
Forum: The Family Room discussion
04/04/2014 12:53
James Barber
Hi njc97, Yes, Haberdashers' Aske's project team would be free and have sufficient capacity when required for the new ED school. Hi Splendid, I'm sure both free school applications will be made i
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04/04/2014 12:14
James Barber
Hi bornagain, Clearly supporting a bid will help make it happen. We now appear to have two bids. One that already has 511 families supporting it, has been working on this for over 6 months, and a
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04/04/2014 11:53
James Barber
Hi clux, With a new secondary school on the Dulwich Hospital site you should be fine if you live within a 2 mile radius Setpmebr 2016. If you want to email directly happy to work through the likely
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04/04/2014 11:29
James Barber
Hi Sue, not everyone can afford auto top-up. They need to manage their finances much more closely. So yes for many people auto top-up is god send but for others it could cause terrible problems with
Forum: General ED issues / gossip
04/04/2014 10:43
James Barber
Hi Otta, I initiated this campaign .And your saying I should feel chuffed its proven successful or try and take any credit for it. does this mean when I screw up it won't be my fault either!
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04/04/2014 10:39
James Barber
I used to know a Canadian Teacher. Every seven years they were entitled to a sabbatical year. With so many teachers burning out in thE UK something like this could make the teaching profession attract
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04/04/2014 10:29
James Barber
Hi albert, I've PM'd you. I can't respond without sharing details of my private family life and things about my children. I've never used my family for political purposes. The Steering Group looke
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04/04/2014 10:14
James Barber
Hi WW, We're not all same. Not everyone has internet access. Many journeys that start at East Dulwioch will end somewhere outside the Oyster area.
Forum: General ED issues / gossip
04/04/2014 07:14
James Barber
East Dulwich station definitely needs more TLC. It regularly looks a mess. Have asked Southern about getting both ticket machines working better.
Forum: General ED issues / gossip
03/04/2014 22:14
James Barber
Southwark recently updated its forecasts to show by 2018 a shortage of 19 forms of entry for year 7 pupils. The proposed Haberdashers' Aske's East Dulwich College would provide 6 forms of entry fr
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03/04/2014 11:58
James Barber
Hi Scruffy Mummy, Haberdashers' have a such a project management team coming to the end of building a new free primary school and rebuilding another junior school. They've also rebuilt Crayford relat
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03/04/2014 11:55
James Barber
Hi Jeremy, The Department for Education are very unlikely to approve two new schools. So we now have a potentially bitter contest between two rival campaigns.
Forum: General ED issues / gossip
03/04/2014 11:54
James Barber
Hi ITATM, Certainly doubling the number of pupils at The Charter School on the existing site would be more cost effective. Hi Derek, I've led a campaign for a new free school. close to 500 famili
Forum: General ED issues / gossip
03/04/2014 11:48
James Barber
Hi Derek, I'm really sorry you feel this. Myself and other met with Charter School people a number of times. We've spent many many hours seriously considering your proposals to us. A number of our S
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03/04/2014 11:35
James Barber
Hi Bumpkin, grabot, Many thanks. Do encourage family and friends to sign-up their support via www.newschool.org.uk hi born-again, No and yes. No, schools have choices to make how they spend their
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03/04/2014 11:30
James Barber
Hi Vik, We had a fair selection process and the parents Steering Group scored both Haberdashers' and Charter School against the same criteria. This resulted in a unanimous decision to go with Haberda
Forum: General ED issues / gossip
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