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Islington Green anti-academy campaigners will fight on

by Kelly Hilditch
Issue No. 2035

Islington Green pupils campaign to save their school from being turned into an academy (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Islington Green pupils campaign to save their school from being turned into an academy (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Campaigners against turning Islington Green School in north London into a city academy have vowed to keep on fighting after the council decided to push ahead with its plans.

The council's decision was made as around 200 parents, teachers and supporters held a protest outside the Schools Organisinational Committee (SOC) on Thursday of last week.

Two members of the SOC voted for the academy while three abstained. Yet the council announced this was a unanimous decision.

If the decision was not unanimous it would have to go to the schools adjudicator for a final decision.

The school's NUT teachers' union Ken Muller said, 'The fact that the Lib Dem council was unable to convince a majority of the SOC shows how weak its arguments were and how successful our campaign has been.

'The decision to call two votes out of five unanimous would be a joke it did not threaten to hand a successful state comprehensive school over to a bunch of fat cats.

'We are determined to fight on. The decision to close the school and the way it was taken is so outrageous that we hope we can get MPs, the press and public figures to speak out about the scandal and put pressure on Islington council to change its mind.

'We also intend to go to judicial review and fight the closure decision in the courts, if all else fails.'

A protest about school closures in Oldham is set for this Saturday 27 January.

The council plans to close or merge five secondary schools – Counthill, Breeze Hill, Kaskenmoor, Grange and South Chadderton – and open two privatised academies.

The protest will assemble at 11.30am behind Oldham Civic Centre on West Street.

The Campaign for State Education in Milton Keynes is organising a protest as the council makes a decision on the future of Sir Frank Markham school.

There is significant local opposition to the plans to hand over the school to Edge, an educational foundation.

The lobby starts at 6pm outside the main council office, in the centre of Milton Keynes on Tuesday 6 February.

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Sat 27 Jan 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2035
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