The great debate about whether Richmond needs or wants a Roman Catholic secondary school continues. You’ll already know that the site of Richmond Adult College in Twickenham was provisionally agreed as a suitable location for such a school. And you will remember the photo opportunity grabbed outside York House where a happy looking “Duke of York (House)”, aka Council Leader Lord True, took delivery of a petition from those wanting an RC secondary school in the Borough. Well now there’s a petition that you can sign if you don’t want a Roman Catholic secondary in the Borough. Actually that’s not correct. It’s a petition that you can sign if you think that any new state-funded schools should be open to all regardless of faith.
If you live in the Borough then you can sign up to this particular piece of phrasing:
“We, the undersigned, petition the council to ensure that every state-funded school opening in the borough from now on is inclusive, so that no child can be denied a place in a good local school because of the religion or belief of their parents.”
If this petition gets 1,000 signatures it will trigger a mini-debate at a Council meeting this autumn. School places, or rather lack of them, is a big issue in the borough and affects both our primary and our secondary schools. And it’s something that all parents, future parents or pretty much anyone else with a view on the education system might want to have a say on.
The petition already has over 800 signatures and is here.
This long running Catholic school debate reminds us of the song in Annie Get Your Gun… “Anything True can do, you can do better…. yes you can, no you can’t, yes you can, no you can’t”. Well, not really but you get the gist.
And you can take a look at the Heatham House petition on the same page if you’re so inclined.