NUT: Prendergasts among six Lewisham schools due to become Academies

East London Lines reports that six Lewisham schools will be converted to Academies in the near future, including the Prendergast Hilly Fields and Ladywell Fields schools. Ignoring the fact that the headline characterises this as a "threat" and "privatisation", the article says:

Six more schools in Lewisham are due to be turned into academies, a meeting of the local National Union of Teachers was told.

Martin Powell Davies, the General Secretary announced: “We now know of six schools that will definitely turn into academies, Prendergast Hilly Fields, Prendergast Ladywells Fields, Prendergast The Vale, SedgeHill School and Bonus Pastor which we already knew about and another that I cannot name as it has not been officially reported and possibly more. We have also been warned of an independent school wanting to set up.”As well as the expansion of academies, two more free schools are opening in Lewisham. 

The Citizen School has been given the go-ahead by the Department for Education to open in September 2016.

Thanks to Joe for the heads-up.