Search

Plan to open new free school in Islington is announced

07:03 23 July 2012

Michael Gove has announced the first free school in Islington

Michael Gove has announced the first free school in Islington

PA Wire/Press Association Images

The first of the government’s controversial free schools to be set up in Islington was announced by education minister Michael Gove on Friday.

Mary Magdelene Academy, in Liverpool Road, Holloway, has been given permission to set up The Courtyard, a special school situated in the old coroner’s court adjacent to the church grounds.

The new school is set to open in September 2013 and will have space for 36 students, aged between 15 and 19, who are highly functioning but have autistic disorder.

Like all free schools it is funded directly by the government rather than the council, and will have freedom to teach what it wants, as long as it’s judged to be fair and balanced.

But some people are critical of free schools, and academies, because they take money away from local authorities.

Ken Muller, assistant branch secretary of Islington National Union of Teachers (NUT), said: “We are totally opposed to free schools because they undermine the school system and give disproportionate amounts of money to these schools at the expense of others in the borough.

“They are also a step toward privatisation of education and away from locally accountable state schools.”

Paul Hollingum, head teacher of Mary Magdelene, said: “There is no private company in the background and we don’t need a lot of capital because we are converting the old coroner’s building.

“The local authority is keen to support us in this and we interviewed a lot of parents who were in favour.

“We are offering something that is desperately needed in the borough and creating much-needed jobs and services.

“It would be terrible to disadvantage these children because of a political agenda.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

17:07
Charlie Kiss: 'We are the main challengers to Labour in Islington'

Membership of the Green party has surged almost 70 per cent in Islington during January.

Holocaust survivor Joan Salter tells of her experience

The eleven million victims killed in the holocaust were remembered in Islington today as the world marked 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz.

Rev Simon Sayers was arrested on January 23 and released on bail until a date in early April

The rector of a village church has been suspended while police investigate an allegation of indecent assault in Islington in the early 1990s.

Most read news

Fans of cool pictures of fire – this one’s for you.

Have you noticed lots of ladies with smudged lippie on social media lately? Find out why they’re deliberately committing a make-up faux pas.

Emergency declared as blizzard is expected to dump up to 24 inches of snow.

With 100 days to go until the General Election we decided to give it a try.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the $m.global.archantvariables.NewspaperTitle e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder