Raine’s closure approved

The School’s Adjudicator has now approved the closure of Raine’s Foundation school, which will close on 31. August 2020.

Just to say a thank you to all who worked and supported our children at the school.

The final determination mentions the possibility of a Free School at the Upper School site but it remains to be seen.

I suppose all our local children have been able to gain school places in other schools.

For all our local pupils who stay at home during the periof of social distancing, there are a lot of learning resources on the BBC Bitesize website to be found here.

Fight to save Raines Foundation Secondary School continues at Call-In Meeting Tuesday 18th February 6.30 p.m.

The local community won’t stop fighting for our local Church of England Secondary school located in Approach Road, just around the corner from our estate.

protest-bannerWe have a few pupils from local families attending and we would all be very sad to see the school close.

The Mayor has decided on the closure on 29. January 2019 but two members of the Childrens and Education Sub-committee Scrutiny Panel, Dr. Phillip Rice and Councillor Ahmed Hussain, have called in the decision.

Any member of the public can attend this meeting at the Town Hall.

As your parent representative on the Steering Group, you may contact me with your concerns about the planned closure via the contact page.

Parents are concerned that the planned amalgamation is not going ahead as thought because the Lower School building is as yet not available for Oaklands pupils to use. Parents need to make their preferences available by 28. February.

I would be very happy if the planned closure was cancelled.

Source: Fight to save Raines Foundation Secondary School continues at Call-In Meeting Tuesday 18th February 6.30 p.m.

Raine’s school

As I’ve previously reported – as a matter of communal interest – on the proposed closure of Raine’s Secondary school both in Approach and Old Bethnal Green Road, it seems appropriate to give an up-date on developments.

The utmost consideration for us must be quality education for our children. Most schools in Tower Hamlets have achieved good or outstanding Ofsted ratings, a fact we can be proud of. Our Council has always striven to deliver excellence for us.

At this point I would like to mention that my daughter is due to achieve excellent grades in her forthcoming GCSE’s at Raine’s, this is just to show that pupils are capable to excel with educational goals at Raine’s. The current year 11 pupils will be able to complete their GCSE course at Raine’s this year.

There are imminent changes to schools in the borough because demographics have changed. This is largely due to changes in housing policies and education policies and  a greater flexibility on school management options, which led to new schools in the area. New developments in the south of the borough like Wapping and around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park also through new housing developments and schools in those areas.

Whilst I feel the legacy of Henry Raine’s is extremely important for our area as it  supports students continually, due to falling pupil numbers, the current Raine’s Foundation school seems unsustainable. However all former and current pupils of Raine’s Foundation school can apply to benefit from a bursary upon starting university.

School funding from the state is allocated according to the number of pupils in a school. The less pupils there are, the less funding comes in and that effects the number of teachers and general resources a school can afford. Unless there is a sudden up-surge in applications, there seems little scope to continue with Raine’s Foundation school as it is. I would welcome more applicants for school places at Raine’s, which I feel is the only way to keep the school – as it is – open.

Whilst there are problems, due to the lack of interest in Raine’s,  I had decided to join the Raine’s / Oaklands Steering group, which was formed to find a solution and enable continued excellent education for our students. Oaklands school is not far from us in Old Bethnal Green Road.

However we do await the outcome of the consultation which cabinet will decide on on 30. October 2019.

I will keep you up-dated on the developments, as the local area is important to us as a community.




Raine’s open for business – from September 2019

A message from Mickey Ambrose:

“Please find attached the following news article which is online today and will appear in this weeks East London Advertiser – well done to everyone for getting to this stage with Tower Hamlets Council.

Children can join Raine’s in September, say lawyers | Politics | East …

Raines is open for all years come September 2019 and the local authority on the instruction of the High Court have to write to all the year 6’s they turned away initially who were offered a place at Raines for this September and they have write to all the year 9’s they turned away to join other schools. The Sixth Form is Raines Sixth Form and NOT Oaklands Sixth Form.

More details to follow now we have to win the WAR as this is not over yet……..

ALL YEAR GROUPS ARE OPEN FROM SEPTEMBER 2019 – and anyone that has been bullied into leaving can return to Raines this September – please inform your family & friends that the school is open for business.

Thank you.”

Our residents will be relieved to hear it.

Support the Raine’s petition at the town hall

RAINE'S school closure.Micky Ambrose

Mickey Ambrose from the Parents Action group.

Please can anybody who has the time to support a protest at the Tower Hamlets Council Town Hall next week on 17. July 2018 from 17:30* onwards. Many parents from the school will be attending an academic reward evening that the brilliant Raine’s Foundation hosts for hard-working pupils at Raine’s Foundation school on that day.  Please read the latest up-date on the protest in an East London Advertiser article. TV and press coverage will be at the town hall. Mickey Ambrose is going to support the pupils and parents.

So far the protests have brought the council to amend the consultation documents on 3. July due to the legal pressure that the Steering Group has brought. The consultation period has been extended till the end of July. Raine’s Foundation will now not turn away any pupils that were offered places. The closure is on hold and press statements will be made by the solicitors acting for the Raine’s Foundation Steering group today. Please keep an eye on this page for further information.

* I put 17:30 though the council meeting starts at 19:00. It is a good idea to come early, there are 3 petitions on the day:

The agenda of the full council meeting on 17. July 2019 lists 3 petitions:

CCTV, Stepney Green school, Raine’s Foundation school.

The council chamber will be very full and my own experience – from a CCTV petition I presented previously – is that most visitors will have to sit in the side room. If you come early you get a chance to sit in the chamber. Please bring posters saying ‘Save Raine’s’ or ‘Keep Raine’s school open‘. Anybody not able to print or make a poster, can get one from me please contact the webmaster for this. It is very important that as many as possible come to support their beloved school.