Search

Highbury Grove School: City of London trust to reopen troubled secondary as an academy in September

PUBLISHED: 16:40 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:48 20 March 2017

Highbury Grove School

Highbury Grove School

Archant

Troubled Highbury Grove School is a step closer to becoming an academy after the City of London Corporation formally announced plans to sponsor it.

The standard of music and drama at Highbury Grove School has been praised by  the City of London Corporation, pictured is this month's performance of Les Miserables. Credit: Bill CooperThe standard of music and drama at Highbury Grove School has been praised by the City of London Corporation, pictured is this month's performance of Les Miserables. Credit: Bill Cooper

As revealed by the Gazette in January, the City was already in talks to take the reins, but has now formally confirmed it will sponsor Highbury Grove – “subject to an agreement about the school’s future resources”.

Under the proposals the school will come under the umbrella of the City of London Academies Trust, which already runs Mount Carmel RC School in Archway and City of London Academy Islington in Prebend Street.

That school’s skipper Clare Verga is earmarked to extend her role to executive principal of both City Academy Islington and Highbury Grove from September, and will be assisted by “soon to be installed” heads of school at each academy.

The 1,200-pupil secondary school in Highbury New Park was left without a permanent head following Tom Sherrington’s shock departure in January, with Aimee Lyall taking over temporarily in his stead.

The school’s track record of producing stellar arts and music productions has been described as a big factor in the corporation’s decision to become the school’s official sponsor.

Under the plan, the council-run Highbury Grove would close on August 31 and reopen on the same site the next day.

Trust chief exec Mark Emmerson said: “I am delighted to be welcoming the school and its students into the City of London Corporation family.

“The corporation is committed to providing access to excellent education and learning opportunities for children and young people.

“The school already has an inspiring record for the arts and creative subjects and this is something we will continue to build on as well as raising academic achievement.

“We will work closely with Islington Council, parents and the leadership of the school throughout the period of transition to ensure high-quality future provision on the site from September.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Islington News Stories

17:50

Business owners in Angel whose livelihoods were destroyed by the Upper Street flooding in December have no idea when their much-needed insurance claims will be dealt with.

17:20

Politicians, businesses and neighbours met on the fringe of Finsbury Park on Saturday for a five-hour discussion about the area’s redevelopment. The Gazette was there for all of it.

14:33

In a new weekly feature, we profile a fascinating company doing business here in Islington. This week, we visit Sunday in Barnsbury, a cafe so popular that people happily spend hours of their weekend queueing to get in.

11:08

An unemployed Highbury man was grilled in court about why he had so many children.

09:13

The family of Jonathon ‘JJ’ McPhillips will finally be able to grieve at his funeral on Friday. But with his killer still at large, mum Michelle McPhillips says his death has ‘ripped the heart’ out of her family. She speaks to James Morris.

Yesterday, 13:48

The mysterious “Billy” who saved a man’s life in Essex Road by performing CPR is a scaffolder from Essex who was passing in a cab, the Gazette can reveal.

Yesterday, 12:42

Four people have been charged with “aggravated vehicle taking” after a car smashed into pubgoers in Essex Road on Saturday night.

Yesterday, 11:34

A man was subjected to a prolonged sexual assault on a packed rush-hour Tube last week after getting on at Finsbury Park.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now