Strong case for new Swiss Cottage school to be CoE

I am writing with regard to the proposed new secondary school for Camden borough and would like to express my support for the new school to be a Church of England school. The key reason behind my support is my own school experience. As a child I attended

I am writing with regard to the proposed new secondary school for Camden borough and would like to express my support for the new school to be a Church of England school. The key reason behind my support is my own school experience.

As a child I attended Hampstead Parochial CoE Primary for three years. These were some of the happiest of my school life as I felt like I really belonged in the small school community.

Much of this was due to the Christian ethos the school adopted. I was provided with a superb education and achieved very good results at Key Stage 2. Now having successfully trained as a Key Stage 2 and 3 teacher I have gone back to work at the school that gave me the best start in life - Hampstead Parochial.

The fact that 13 CoE primary schools are popular with both Christian and non-Christian parents within Camden is testament to the successes of CoE schools. Two have received 'outstanding' reports from Ofsted in the last month.


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Although Camden currently has the highest number of CoE primary schools in London it is the only borough that has no CoE secondary school. This I feel shows a real need for a CoE secondary school in Camden.

I believe that it is important for children to feel as if they belong in a community within the school environment and I believe that a CoE school can provide this inclusive environment for all. Finally, I feel that it is important to remember that a CoE secondary can be representive of the diversity of the borough of Camden through its intake of children from both multi-ethnic and multi-faith backgrounds.

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This in turn will allow children to understand and appreciate other cultures and religious traditions.

Danielle Wilson

Oakhill Park, NW3

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