We hope that Katherine Birbalsingh will not be pursuing her plan to establish a "free" secondary school in Wandsworth.  Evidence from the public meetings was that there is little demand or enthusiasm for the project.  
Update:  We understand that Katherine Birbalsingh has now moved her attention to Brent and has set up a new website for that.

The Department for Education has continued to refuse to disclose how much money has been wasted on the Lambeth and Wandsworth projects for the MCS.  Clearly, this is money which could have been better spent on classrooms than on attempting to impose a school on a community which did not want it.

Below is the statement which was taken from the Michaela Community School website, before it was shut down.


A statement
The proposers of the Michaela Community School announced today that the school will not open this year as planned. This is because, despite lengthy negotiations, it has not been possible to secure the preferred site, the Trident Centre on Bickersteth Road, SW17, in time for the school to open in September.

See the Michaela website (this has now been removed)


Is Communitas embarrassed about having been connected to the Michaela Community School.  The MCS has disappeared. However, some of the projects they do claim seem to imply that academies are spending money on burying "bad news".  Perhaps that has more influence on the politicians' perception of academy "success" than the reality of performance.  http://www.communitas-pr.co.uk/cs_academies.php

The Michaela website also has removed the list of people associated with it, although it now says that they (whoever "they" are) are looking for a site to enable them to open in 2013.  It doesn't say whether this will be in Wandsworth or elsewhere.

Trident owners speak out to dispel site rumours

The owners of the Trident Business Centre, the Wandsworth Youth Enterprise Centre (WYEC), have been made aware that a number of rumours have been circulating regarding the future of the site. 

WYEC is a local charity, supporting disadvantaged young people who want to set up their own business and has successfully helped over 5,000 young entrepreneurs set up more than 650 businesses since it was founded in 1988. WYEC’s first and foremost priority is to secure the future of the charity, to ensure we can continue supporting local young people. 

As all of WYEC’s core work is financed through the profit made by renting out business units within Trident, any decisions taken with regards its future will be carefully considered, to ensure the best possible outcome for WYEC and its beneficiaries. 

Whilst Trident and the land it sits on are not currently for sale, a number of parties have approached WYEC over the past six months, interested in its potential purchase and they have all been invited to look around the site. But it is important to note that to date WYEC has received no acceptable offers from any of these parties for the purchase of Trident. 

WYEC’s Chief Executive, Colin Sambrook commented: “Should WYEC receive any realistic offers to purchase Trident we will carefully consider how the suggested changes will affect the work of the charity, the young people we support and the local community before making any decisions. My absolute priority is to ensure WYEC continues to support the hundreds of young people who come to us for help each year.”
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