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Islington Green, London

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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.
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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  • 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 »
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  • Lovely place to chill out amongst the hustle & bustle of the high street. Has some decent little bistros/cafés in the back streets along the high street.Also antique shops and stalls.
  • It's a lovely little green area to sit down and watch the world go by, you can sit down with big beautiful trees and dog walkers and have your self bought lunch. On a Thursday they have a blue Cross ➕ van parked on corner of the park for people who are on low income, they can take there pet's that are ill 🤒 and have them seen by the vet for a smaller fee! 😀
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