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ONE-PUPIL SCHOOL GOVERNOR TACKLES LAMBETH

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The chair of governors at a special school with one pupil destined for closure, in a letter to The Guardian (p18), ...
The chair of governors at a special school with one pupil destined for closure, in a letter to The Guardian (p18), challenges Lambeth LBC's 'claim that it cannot afford the school, or that it costs money.'

'The entire cost is recovered from boroughs with boys at the school. Over the past five years, Lambeth has received an excess of income over expenditure in respect of the school amounting to as much as £150,000 a year,' writes Tony Freke, chair of governors at Enborne Lodge in Berkshire.

He also claims that the only reason the school was allocated to Lambeth on the abolition of ILEA, was because a Labour councillor, 'who was a guardian of a boy at the school, persuaded the controlling Labour group to secure the school for Lambeth.'
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