St Saviour
St Saviour's School

The Local Government Ombudsman has upheld a complaint by a Maida Vale resident against St Saviour’s School, Shirland Road, W9 because of its failure to properly apply the school admissions code.  The three Maida Vale Labour Councillors are calling the school to fully implement the recommendations of the Ombudman. The main recommendations are:

  • The Parish Priest should no longer sit on the admissions panel
  • The school should no longer give children from its own nursery priority admissions to the reception class
  • The school should make clear that its demands for financial contributions from parents can have no bearing on the admissions process

Councillor Geoff Barraclough said:

“St Saviour’s is a publicly funded school that educates local children with taxpayers’ money. It’s vital that its admissions are fair and above board. The school must implement the Ombudsman’s findings in full.”

Councillor Nafsika Butler-Thalassis added:

“St Saviour’s falls well below the Westminster average for accepting children with special educational needs, children in receipt of free school meals and children whose first language is not English. The admissions policy needs to be applied stringently so that any remaining places can be offered to local children who would love the opportunity to attend this outstanding school. Then the school’s demographics may start to reflect more closely those of other Westminster schools.”

Full details of the Ombudsman’s findings can be found here: https://www.lgo.org.uk/decisions/education/school-admissions/17-007-942#point2

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