Following its October board meeting, Sir John Cass’s Foundation as the sole trustee of Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School, has reaffirmed its decision not to support a two-form entry expansion at the school. Whilst supportive of two-form entry in principle, the Foundation Board is of the view that the City of London Corporation has failed to make a satisfactory case to warrant the £624,000 grant request at this time.
Since the decision, the Foundation has become concerned about the proliferation of misinformation, as well as gaps in the information circulated by interested parties and wishes to set the record straight in some areas.
The Foundation wishes to reassure all parties, including parents of children currently attending the school, that whilst the school is listed as one of the charity’s assets, it has no plans to sell the school. On the contrary, the Foundation is working hard to protect and preserve the site from any attempts by interested third parties to acquire it and categorically denies ill-informed rumours which suggest otherwise.
In regard to school places, the Foundation already supports 30 places a year at Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School, (on average only 10 places a year are taken up by children resident in the City) and the City of London Corporation’s demand for places within its jurisdiction has only required an additional three places in the current academic year and in the two previous years, which the Primary School can already accommodate.
The City of London Corporation also has approval from the Department of Education for the City of London Primary Academy, Islington. This school which will be 1.25 miles from the Cass Primary School is to be opened in 2017 and will provide 60 additional places per year.
Once again, the Foundation wishes to reassure all parties, including parents of children currently attending the school, that it has no plans to sell the school and that it maintains an open dialogue with Laura Jorgenson (Chair of Governors and Trustee of Sir John Cass’s Foundation) and the City of London Corporation.
Sir John Cass’s Foundation, the sole trustee of Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School, is proud of the school and what it has achieved, and will continue to financially support the school and its pupils as it has done for the last 250 years.
For further information please contact Richard Foley – Clerk and Chief Executive, Sir John Cass’s Foundation, on 0207 480 5884