Decision on the future of Mariposa

Feb 5, 2018
It is with the greatest sadness that we have to announce that the Schools’ Minister has decided to cancel Mariposa Primary School. Although both the Department for Education and Harrow Council agree that two new primary schools are needed in this part of Harrow, the Council is adamant that the new schools must be on the re-developed Kodak and Civic Centre sites, despite saying last year that they didn’t favour any free school over another. Without Harrow Council’s support, the Minister is not prepared to continue with the project.

 

We have been supported by Harrow Council since the Mariposa project started in 2014, so for support to be withdrawn at such a late stage, with so much time, money and effort spent, is heart-breaking for the Mariposa team and the hundreds of families who wanted their children to go to Mariposa.

Mariposa was being started by a group of local parents and teachers wishing to create the best school possible for Harrow’s children, a school that was a proud and inspiring addition to the borough. We do not see how this is possible through a school on the Civic Centre site.

A primary school on the Civic Centre site:

  • Would have a tiny, half-acre site with no outside space
  • Would be close to three existing schools: Marlborough (300m), St Jerome (500m) and Norbury (600m)
  • Has no approved free school group and Harrow would have no say over who would run the school
  • Has had no community involvement so far

By contrast Mariposa would be:

  • Harrow’s first co-op school, run by the community, for the community
  • On a fantastic 5 acre site
  • In Headstone South, the only Ward that currently doesn’t have a school
  • Located away from existing schools
  • Supported by families and local residents
  • Offering a distinct vision and ethos, developed after consultation with teachers and parents.

Aerial photos (to scale) showing Mariposa (left) and Civic Centre (right) proposed school sites

This decision has been made by just a few people within Harrow Council, and we are informed that it has not been endorsed by Harrow Labour Party. In fact, we have spoken privately to a number of Councillors and active Labour Party members who are angry with this decision. We have therefore asked Harrow Labour Group to discuss this at their next meeting, in the hope that they will see sense and force the Council to change its mind.

We have also written to the minister, alerting him to the political uncertainty in Harrow, and have asked him to postpone his decision until the political situation has run its course.

However, as it stands, we are announcing with huge sadness, regret and frustration that Mariposa Primary School has been cancelled.

Please do email us your thoughts at hello@mariposaprimaryschool.org.uk – we are compiling responses to send on to local councillors and to circulate amongst our team as we begin the process of winding down. We really appreciate the kind words we’ve received throughout and share your anger and disbelief.

We would like to extend our thanks to all our supporters and our incredible team, including our Head Teacher, Tracey Francis, for their hard work and dedication. The Mariposa project has been incredible – over the past four years we’ve fought and won so many battles, with huge integrity, positivity and support from so many people who believed in our vision and ethos and wanted to make a difference to children in Harrow. It is heartbreaking to have got so close and ultimately failed, but we are honoured to have taken part in the journey.

WIth best wishes,
The Mariposa Team

E: hello@mariposaprimaryschool.org.uk

P.S. One of our team members, Ros Jenkins, has written a personal blog about her reaction to the decision, which you can read here.

 

Feb 5, 2018
It is with the greatest sadness that we have to announce that the Schools’ Minister has decided to cancel Mariposa Primary School. Although both the Department for Education and Harrow Council agree that two new primary schools are needed in this part of Harrow, the Council is adamant that the new schools must be on the re-developed Kodak and Civic Centre sites, despite saying last year that they didn’t favour any free school over another. Without Harrow Council’s support, the Minister is not prepared to continue with the project.

Nov 1, 2017

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Mariposa Primary School will not be able to open in September 2018, and we are unable at present to give any certainty about what our opening year will be.

 


Sep 14, 2017

 

With great pleasure, we’d like to announce that admissions are open, so you can now apply for a place at Mariposa Primary School for September 2018! For more information about the process and to apply, please see our admissions page.

 


Nov 17, 2016
With great sadness we can today confirm that Mariposa Primary School will no longer be opening in 2017, but will instead plan to open in September 2018, in our new permanent site.

May 19, 2016
Our Head Teacher interviews last month went really well - huge thanks to all the children and teachers at Broadfields and the group of prospective Mariposa parents who came along to help. We are really pleased to say that we have been successful in recruiting our very first Head Teacher.

Apr 19, 2016
Mariposa Primary School will be opening in September 2017 with two Reception and a Year 1 class, which means that we are an extra choice for families whose children are due to start school this September.

Mar 12, 2016
We are pleased to be inviting applications to join us as our first Head Teacher, and also two roles on our Steering Committee.

Nov 25, 2015
Here is a copy of the email we have just sent to our supporters.

Oct 29, 2015
We will be hosting an open evening on Tuesday 1st December, 8-10pm at Pinner Village Hall. Come and chat to our team and find out more about how our plans are progressing - book your place online.

Sep 3, 2015
Our new name is Mariposa Primary School: Spanish for butterfly. Colourful, outdoorsy, aspirational and with a transformative journey.

Aug 6, 2015
We are pleased to announce that following our last Development Evening, we have decided that the language we will teach from Reception is Spanish.

Jul 8, 2015

Over the summer are inviting applications from amazing teachers who would like to become our first Head Teacher.




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