Secondary School Petition Submitted To Hounslow Council
Concerned Local Parents Want Action Regarding Lack Of Local Secondary School Places
Brentford Parents were recently galvanised into action when they realised they had a long weekend to draft a petition and get it signed by as many local people as possible before presenting it to Hounslow Council's last executive meeting before the election.
Petitions were circulated round the local primary schools and publicised here on TW8 with an online petition as well. If you haven't signed it please do so to show support on online petition as it's not over yet.
The Leader of the Council, Councillor Peter Thompson introduced the submission of the petition to the executive, stressing how important this issue of secondary places is for those of us in TW8 and then read the petition into the minutes. Sara Ward, who has two children at St Paul's School, where she is also a governor, then formally presented the petition with 322 signatures to the Executive of the Council, along with parents from local primary schools.
Sara Ward commented "We have been really pleased to see this campaign continue to gain momentum and thank you to all that have supported it. However, we haven’t finished by simply handing it over to the Council Executive.
"We have been told that the petition will be passed to the Department of Children's Services and Lifelong Learning for officers to respond to the points that we’ve raised. We don’t really want just a response from Judith Pettersen; we want secondary school places for our children.
"Don’t forget the opportunity that we have at next week's Hustings to ask the candidates what they think about our school situation and how they would plan to change things for our children"
The petition will now be passed to the Department of Children's Services and Lifelong Learning for officers to respond to the points raised. It reads in full as follows:
Those parents who drafted the petition would like to say thank you to all those people who signed it, and for the comments made and would also like to thank all three Brentford councillors for their support.
April 16, 2010