Search

Mystery over Highbury free school bid after £33.5million government spend

PUBLISHED: 12:42 27 July 2016 | UPDATED: 11:21 28 July 2016

Former London Metropolitan University building Ladbroke House in Islington

Former London Metropolitan University building Ladbroke House in Islington

Archant

Mystery surrounds controversial plans for a new secondary free school in Highbury.

The Department for Education (DfE) has spent £33.5million on former London Metropolitan University building Ladbroke House, in Highbury Grove, it was revealed by The Guardian this week.

But Islington Council leader Richard Watts said the council only knew about the proposal when designs appeared on an architect firm’s website.

He branded the DfE’s spending on Ladbroke House as a “staggering waste of taxpayers’ money,” and said there was no need for another school in the area as there are two successful community secondary schools in the area already: Highbury Fields, and Highbury Grove.

Islington National Union of Teachers (NUT) said it will be organising a protest against the plans in September, with branch secretary Ken Muller calling it a “criminal waste of money”.

There is little information available about the proposal, but architects Architecture Initiative has published artist impressions of what the renovated school may look like.

It appears that the proposal would be for a arts-focused school with 750 places, with residential flats above the school.

The DfE said it was “considering options” but refused to divulge further information.

Latest Islington News Stories

Fri, 17:56

A housing association has been lambasted for its “appalling” approach to repair and maintenance work on a Clerkenwell estate.

Fri, 12:49

Jamie Brown of Archant Local Impact explains how you can build brand awareness.

Fri, 10:47

Volunteers from a Finsbury Park charity that uses surplus food to cook for people in need have scoooped an award for their “outstanding” meals.

Fri, 07:30

A multi-billion-pound gas company has bowed to opposition and abandoned plans to partially astroturf the historic Canonbury Square Gardens.

Thu, 17:16

Bookworms could get their names in works by high-profile authors such as Margaret Atwood and Lee Child and raise money for a Holloway torture charity at the same time.

Thu, 16:02

Two new police constables will be deployed to Highbury West next month to help tackle drug-related problems across the ward, the Gazette can reveal.

Thu, 12:38

A walk through history will raise cash for the mayor of Islington’s chosen charities on Sunday.

Thu, 11:47

The community celebrated “sustainability” and British apples in Gillespie Park on Sunday.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Fostering older teenagers means giving them the skills for life as an adult. Here, a supportive lodgings carer with Islington Council and young adult who has left care share their stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Islington Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read

Show Job Lists

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