Councillor Kevin Bonavia visited our school last week. He is a Labour Councillor and a Cabinet Member of Lewisham Council for Democracy, Refugees and Accountability. He was shown around school by some of our Year 6 pupils who then presented him with a booklet containing their work at special workshops last year about what it was like to be a child at school when your parents have no immigration status and no access to benefits. Councillor Kevin was able to share the good news that any child attending a Lewisham school whose parents have no recourse to public funds will now receive a free school meal.
Councillor Kevin then met with some parents from our Immigration Action Group to hear their experiences of how people have been treated at Lewisham Council. He agreed that improvements needed to be made especially if Lewisham are to call themselves a “sanctuary borough”. He agreed to work with us in a number of ways so watch this space.