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Academy victory in Brent

Issue No. 2008

Brent Council in west London has withdrawn its expression of interest for an academy to be built on the Wembley Park sports ground site after a high-profile campaign. The campaign united education unions, parents, the local community and sports ground users.

Hank Roberts, Brent teachers’ association secretary, said, “This is a victory for all who campaigned against the imposition of an unwanted academy.

“Academies are part of Tony Blair’s drive to privatise education. We will now campaign to ensure that, if any new school is shown to be needed, it will be a local authority school.”

Some 200 pupils, parents and Unison union members protested at a meeting on the future of Longtown’s Lochinvar School on Wednesday of last week. There is a plan to reorganise secondary schools in Cumbria.

The four options all include the closure of Lochinvar. The proposals include creating a academy school in Carlisle.

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Sat 8 Jul 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2008
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