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ISLINGTON DENIES SCHOOL CLOSURE PLAN

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Islington LBC and Cambridge Education Associates have denied reports they are poised to sell a local school. ...
Islington LBC and Cambridge Education Associates have denied reports they are poised to sell a local school.

Education chair James Kempton admitted the circumstances for such a move existed. Ofsted and the Audit Commission have both criticised Islington for failing to take action on surplus school places, and the borough's school organisation plan records 13% of primary school places have not been filled.

Mr Kempton said: 'There's an outstanding issue we need to tackle. We're looking with CEA at a private finance initiative [scheme]. Any money we raise could help with that.'

But he said there were no immediate plans to sell a school building. CEA said selling a school was just an option: 'Nothing has been decided.'

CEA's seven-year contract to provide services to schools in Islington specifies that for its duration no schools can fail their Ofsted inspections (LGC, 21 January).
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