Public Consultation

Consultation Update - 6.11.2019

A statutory notice has now been issued on proposals concerning the future of Raine’s Foundation School. This follows a decision by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets in Cabinet on 30 October to approve a report recommending that a further statutory consultation is published about the proposal to close the school. This means that the proposal is now being progressed to the next stage with the four week representation period taking place from Monday 4 November until Monday 2 December 2019 at midnight.

A public meeting is being held on Monday 11th November and you are invited to attend this meeting to find out more about the next stage of the process and to feedback your views to senior council leaders and representatives from the London Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS). The meeting will be held from 5:30 – 7:30pm at the Professional Development Centre, 229 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 6AB.

The statutory notice with a link to the full details of the proposals can be viewed online via the council’s consultation webpage and includes details of the different ways in which you can have your say on the proposal via email and by post.

After the representation period has concluded, and the feedback received has been collated and considered, the Mayor in Cabinet will receive a report that will enable a final decision to be taken on the future of Raine’s Foundation School in January 2020.



The Local Authority (LA) has received and collated the responses to the first stage of the potentially (depending on the outcome at each stage) multi-stage statutory consultation process in relation to the proposal to cease to maintain Raine’s Foundation School, and plans to expand nearby Oaklands Secondary School. 

A report on the outcome of the first stage of the consultation is being prepared and will be presented to the LA Cabinet on the 30th October. The report will be available here, from the 23rd October. The Mayor in Cabinet will then decide on whether or not the LA should move to the next stage which will involve issuing a statutory notice. All consultees will be informed of the consultation outcome and any later timetable if a decision is taken to progress to the next stage.

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REF: Public consultation on a proposal to close Raine's Foundation School (including plans to expand nearby Oaklands Secondary School, for the transfer of Raine's pupils)

Tower Hamlets Council is seeking the views of all interested parties on the proposal to close Raine’s School and expand Oaklands School, with effect from 31 August 2020.

The consultation is now live on the Council’s website and will run until 31st July. Parents are invited to submit a response – please find the link to the online form attached below:

The link provides access to a detailed consultation document outlining the historical context, as well as the other options explored; please take the time to read through this document before submitting your comments.

Alternatively, you may wish to write to or email your comments to the addresses given below by Wednesday 31st July 2019.


School Organisation and Place Planning Manager

Tower Hamlets Children’s Services

Town Hall

Mulberry Place

5 Clove Crescent

E14 5BG

All comments received through these mechanisms or made directly to Council officers or members will be collected to be included in the analysis of feedback received.

Two public meetings will also be held, as below:


Time and Date:

6pm, 19th June 2019


Oaklands Community School,

Old Bethnal Green Road,

Bethnal Green,

E2 6PR


Time and Date:

6pm, 26th June 2019


Raine’s Foundation CE Secondary School

Approach Road,

Bethnal Green,


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