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Yes Like everyone else I only heard about this, this morning. Islington Council, with unusual speed, have already responded in a way you might find interesting.
Received from Islington Council 22/5/13
The Government has confirmed that the Islington Free Primary School will open in the borough in September 2014. The Department for Education have not however announced the former Ashmount Primary School site as the location for this new free school. The location of the school is as yet unknown and will be decided by the Education Funding Agency and Islington Council.
Islington Council believes that the best location for this new school would be a school site on Dowrey Street N1 0HR, which is in the heart of the borough and easy for Islington families to get to. The building is already used for educational purposes and is fully accessible for disabled users. The council also believes there is local support for a new school in this area. The site is currently used by New River College Pupil Referral Unit (key stage 3). If Dowrey Street is agreed as a location for the new free school, an alternative site will be found for the Pupil Referral Unit.
The council firmly believes that the former Ashmount School site is not an appropriate site for the new free school. The building is in an extremely dilapidated state and is not accessible for disabled users. The Mayor of London's office confirmed that it would be impossible to bring the current building up to modern educational standards.
The pressure on primary school places in Islington is significantly less than in other London boroughs. Islington and Haringey councils agree that a new school is not needed in the vicinity of the former Ashmount School. There are now more school places available in the borough than children who need them.
Islington Press Office
just got this by email today:
This quote, from the Tribune article
Bellevue, based in Surrey, owns nine schools and made profits last year of £1.5m on a turnover of £3.7m
suggests that something , somewhere is wrong. 40% profit is almost as good as the PFI operators are making. I want my tax spent on education, not on enriching speculators.
Actually its quite interesting to do a google search on Bellvue Education.
have a look at this link.
It seems to me that anyone interested in this thread might be interested in this new one I just started.