Tabernacle School vows it will survive after eviction order

A small charitable school has lost its court battle against eviction from its London premises, but staff have pledged to continue teaching until the bailiffs arrive.

The Tabernacle School, which has 48 pupils, held a three-year lease on two rooms in a North Kensington building owned by another charity, the Harrow Club. The lease expired in February before the school had found new premises. Earlier this month, London County Court granted the Harrow Club an eviction order.

The school is searching for new premises and its lawyers are negotiating with the Harrow Club to see if it can stay until at least the summer exams in July.

The school, where most of the pupils are black, is searching for celebrities to front a fundraising campaign to help finance the move. They have written to the Prince of Wales and the Mayor of London's race adviser, Lee Jasper.

The school's chairman, Derek Wilson, said: "We are fighting for our school. It will not close."

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