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The London schools revolution

Something remarkable has happened in the capital's schools

By Josh Lowe   February 2015

A lessons at Paddington Academy, rated "outstanding" by Ofsted in 2011. © View Pictures/UIG via Getty Images


In December 1995, after years of very public humiliation as “the worst school in Britain,” Hackney Downs, a state boys’ school in East London, was ordered by a central government task force to close its doors. Designed to accommodate 700 students, by this time the school had only 200 pupils studying in its dilapidated buildings.…

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