Tabernacle School in media battle over threat of eviction

JULIE PYBUS

Supporters of a small charitable school facing eviction from its London premises have mounted a publicity campaign focusing on their "David and Goliath

battle with their landlord. They have featured in national newspapers, and on the BBC and Sky News.

The Tabernacle School, some of whose 48 pupils have been expelled from other schools, took out a three-year lease on a North Kensington building owned by another charity, the Harrow Club. The lease expired on 28 February before the school had been able to find new premises.

The Harrow Club, established by Old Harrovians in the 19th century, is planning to extend a recording studio into the two rooms that the charity rents.

Since the lease expired, parents and teachers have been occupying the building 24 hours a day. They plan to demonstrate outside 10 Downing Street this week.

Philip Williams, a parent of two children at the school, said: "We are praying that God will do something miraculous and we will get a stay of execution."

Last week, London County Court adjourned an eviction hearing until 8 April. The Harrow Club declined to comment.

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