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Failing’ Tower Hamlets school take over by university trust

PUBLISHED: 13:01 09 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:41 05 October 2010

TOWN Hall education chiefs have got the green light to hand over a failing’ school in London’s deprived East End to a university trust. The ruling Labour cabinet at Tower Hamlets voted in favour of plans to put in hand an educational partner’ in charge of St Paul’s Way Community School in Bow Common

By Else Kvist

TOWN Hall education chiefs have got the green light to hand over a 'failing' school in London's deprived East End to a university trust.

The ruling Labour cabinet at Tower Hamlets voted in favour of plans to put in hand an 'educational partner' in charge of St Paul's Way Community School in Bow Common.

The school would receive £750,000 from the Government and be run by a board of trustees appointing most of the governors.

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Labour deputy leader Joshua Peck denied it was a move to 'privatise' the school.

"This is failing school which we have to deal with," he told the East London Advertiser.

"This is an opportunity to have one of the best universities in the country like King's College bring in all its educational expertise to the school."

Only 23 per cent of the pupils got five A*-to-C GCSE grades last year.

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