Community group Peninsula Forum has launched a petition against a new faith school on Greenwich Peninsula.
The community is worried traffic will increase and there will not be enough community places at St Mary Magdalene’s secondary school, especially with an intended increase of 35,000 homes in the area in the coming years.
The petition states: “[Royal Borough of Greenwich] did not answer how they plan to meet future demand from current high birthrate and the massive development in Greenwich. RBG’s view is everyone else can go to John Roan and Thomas Tallis - ignoring increasing demand from Kidbrooke Village and Charlton.
“RBG did not sufficiently address the fact there are two approved Free Schools both wishing to open in Greenwich (International Academy Greenwich and Digital Peninsula Academy).
“Finally, RBG did not answer the question of ‘what is the alternative - plan B?’ given the Government’s approval of a Digital Peninsula Academy.”
Peninsula Forum secretary Shivanee Brigham said: “Greenwich Peninsula residents support a school that will serve our rapidly expanding international multicultural community and the 35,000 residents who will make the Peninsula and Greenwich area their home.
“Greenwich Council’s plans seek to create community division and do not even address the very critical issue of current and rising demand for school places through population growth.”
A council spokeswoman said: “St Mary Magdalene is an outstanding school which provides a first class education for children from families who are practising Christians, those of different faiths and no faith.
"Ofsted recognised that, in this highly inclusive school, all children do well. Greenwich Council is proud of its inclusive schools which work hard to serve our community.
“The school’s governing body listened to the issues raised during their consultation and they have accepted the Council’s recommendation to revise the admissions criteria for community places.
"The governing body has removed the criterion which would have given priority to children attending Church of England primary schools in Greenwich (other than the St Mary Magdalene federation). This means that children living near the school are far more likely to get a community place.
“St Mary Magdalene School is part of the Diocese which serves south London, the Southwark Diocese which is centred on Southwark Cathedral. This does not affect the intake of pupils.”
Click here for the petition.