Whilst the Mayor of Tower Hamlets decided on 29. January 2020 that the Raine’s Foundation School should close, there is still a possibility of appeal but only through organisations such as the Raine’s Foundation, the Governors of the school or a Catholic Bishop.
I would recommend that all parents who wish to take that step, should immediately write to the Raine’s Foundation using the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
or write to the Governors of Raine’s School by sending and email to the governor services Runa.Basit@towerhamlets.gov.uk and send an impact statement for the purpose of giving evidence to show-case how the closure affects the families and the pupils.
Catholic pupils can ask their Bishop to appeal.
Please mark your email clearly for the purpose of appealing the closure notice of Raine’s Foundation school URGENT
Some children don’t feel safe in other schools and the move might affect parents’ employment also. There is also a matter of subjects offered by the partner school Oaklands, religious reasons are very important for many. Please state all reasons why the closure would affect you or your child or even the whole family.
Please do so within the next 2 weeks.
It seems to affect our pupils for a whole lifetime if the school is being closed for under-performing, financial problems and being unpopular.
Most pupils who will have to refer to their Secondary school and/or Sixth form education may have to explain to prospective employers why their school closed and it reflects badly upon anybody learning or working there that the council assumes the school to be too badly performing.
The reality is that Raine’s Sixth form performs(ed) better than other schools in the borough including Morpeth and Oaklands.
A-level performance for 2018 compares 27 different 6. Forms in Tower Hamlets.
Raine’s Founcation is in 9th. Place, before Morpeth and Oaklands is in 12th. Oaklands is below average whilst Raine’s is average.
The score is Raine’s – 0.05 v. Oaklands -.40
It does not make any sense to transfer 6th. Form pupils to Oaklands from Raine’s.
Falling applications should not hinder the education authority closing other much worst performing schools and send those pupils to Raine’s instead of closing Raine’s.
Whilst the Sixth Form performance for 2019 has dropped, it is still better than Oaklands, which has even further lowered their results. See statistics here.
I think that Raine’s Foundation is at the heart of our local community and our children like to attend there and learn according to their ability. The school has excellent teachers and the building is new and newly refurbished in the case of the Lower School building in Old Bethnal Green Road.
There are pupils at Raine’s who have achieved excellent Mock Exam results for this year’s forthcoming GCSE exams.
Raine’s is not the worst performing school in Tower Hamlets and I think the council should re-think their strategy. We are at the northern most point in Tower Hamlets and near Victoria Park. Attending the school helped my daughter to overcome Asthma, which she gotten whilst attending Bishop Challoner near the very busy Commercial Road.
Our children’s health is important to us. Popularity of a school in terms of attendance will bring in funds from the government but the council should also consider the location of a school and how that affects pupils’ health.
Looking at our local community if we also lose Raine’s school as a community hub, we will have very little left in terms of services provision in the area. The hospital already closed, the school to close also.
Whilst there are housing developments planned for the south of the borough, the closure of Raine’s will only excacerbate a loss of community services in our area to re-locate the emphasis of services towards the south of the borough.
There aren’t many schools in Tower Hamlets now who have excellent overall results. Underlying reasons like job insecurity, high pressures over housing problems, benefit changes towards Universal Credit also cause a lot of misery as well as reliance on food banks create a mix of problems that affects our children’s education.
The council should address the whole problem and not just rest on a financial and performance reasoning for one school.