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Fighting to save Islington Green school

by Ken Muller, assistant secretary, Islington NUT (pc)
Issue No. 2078

Islington’s Lib Dem council leader James Kempton is determined to close Islington Green school in north London and reopen it as an academy.

The school is not failing. Last year a higher percentage of its students achieved five good GCSEs, including English and maths, than any existing academy in the country except one.

A number of teachers have submitted formal objections to the plans, raising a number of practical concerns.

There will be a loss of offices, meaning that teachers will have to travel considerable distances often carrying books and equipment.

Areas for play, teaching and learning will be restricted while construction takes place, and it’s unclear how people would be evacuated in an emergency.

There will only be one sports hall in the new school, compared to a sports hall and two gyms in the existing school. There will be a lack of parking space in the new school, with six spaces replacing 50 plus.

There is not long to stop this madness. If Kempton gets his way bulldozers will be starting with the demolition of the school sports hall in January.

We call on Islington council to call a halt to the imminent destruction of Islington Green school

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Tue 20 Nov 2007, 18:58 GMT
Issue No. 2078
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