Islington Green School was a comprehensive mixed secondary school from 1966 to 2008. The school was situated in North London and had an age range of 11 to 16. The City of London Academy, Islington replaced Islington Green School in September 2008.Use our London road trip website to visit Islington Green on your trip to London, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
The school controversially failed its Ofsted inspection in 1997. The school had received a respectable 38 per cent pass rate the previous year and despite shortcomings the staff were convinced that the school was not failing. The decision caused the school to "implode". The headteacher under enormous pressure to make visible changes discarded mixed-ability teaching, many teachers decided to leave and the pass rate dropped below 25 per cent. The school went through nine inspections before it finally came out of special measures in 2000 and serious weaknesses in 2003.
Ken Muller, a teacher at the school and SWP activist, made a request to Ofsted under the new Freedom of Information Act to see the documents relating to the judgment. Twenty working days later, he got a reply. Most of the documents had been destroyed, said the email, but there was one that might be of interest. Attached was a memo dated November 1997, from HMI Barry Jones to the then chief inspector Chris Woodhead, making clear that the HMI team, of which Jones was a member, had disagreed with Ofsted's judgment, and noting that they were "of the unanimous view that the school was not failing".
Peter Hyman, former speech writer for Tony Blair, decided to leave politics and teach at Islington Green School. He wrote a book of his experiences, '1 Out Of 10: From Downing Street Vision To Classroom Reality'.
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Islington Green Reviews
Similar green areas will be found in many villages in England. This one is slightly unusual in that it is in central London. It is not worth a special trip although on a visit to Islington you are lik... more »
Lots of benches here to sit and eat lunch amongst the mature trees. An impressive war memorial too. A good place to get some peace and quiet even though lots of traffic around. more »
Get yourself a froyo and sit in the park on a hot day or visit any of the numerous food establishments on upper street. At night on the weekend there are loads of good bars you could visit to relax near by.
This small triangular remnant steeped in history and local lore still commands a busy road junction. An eloquent war memorial adds interest to a green, defined by towering, slender and stately Plane trees. Animated here surrounded by an aggregate of diverse buildings and constant pedestrian bustle.
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