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School wins two-year fight to use parkland

PUBLISHED: 08:25 07 July 2013

Mayor of Islington Barry Edwards joins Rotherfield Primary schoolchildren at the launch of Greenspace.

Mayor of Islington Barry Edwards joins Rotherfield Primary schoolchildren at the launch of Greenspace.

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Pupils at a primary school had reason to celebrate after they were given access to a new learning and play space.

Mayor of Islington Barry Edwards cuts the opening ribbon at the launch of the Rotherfield Primary School's Greenspace.Mayor of Islington Barry Edwards cuts the opening ribbon at the launch of the Rotherfield Primary School's Greenspace.

Rotherfield Primary School staff, governors, pupils and their parents spent two years campaigning to use Rotherfield Court, a piece of land that belongs to Islington Council and is for the use of residents.

The school in Rotherfield Street, Hoxton, has now been granted exclusive access to the space from 8.30am to 4pm during school days while residents retain exclusive use at all other times.

Mayor of Islington Cllr Barry Edwards officially opened the new green space on June 13 and MP for Finsbury and Islington South Emily Thornberry also attended.

Headteacher Richard Hunter said: “I think it’s an absolutely fabulous opportunity.

Mayor of Islington Barry Edwards joins the kitchen team and children at the launch of the Greenspace in Rotherfield Primary School.Mayor of Islington Barry Edwards joins the kitchen team and children at the launch of the Greenspace in Rotherfield Primary School.

“Like many urban schools, we lack outdoor learning and playground place.

“The children were looking to see where they could have additional recreational learning space. They thought they could play better if they were spread out more.”


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