Pink Floyd comprehensive won't get no education

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The comprehensive made famous by its pupils singing the teenage anthem "We don't need no education" for Pink Floyd's hit song "Another Brick In The Wall" 25 years ago is to close.

The comprehensive made famous by its pupils singing the teenage anthem "We don't need no education" for Pink Floyd's hit song "Another Brick In The Wall" 25 years ago is to close.

The new School Standards minister, Stephen Twigg, who replaced David Miliband in this week's ministerial shuffle, has given the green light for it to become one of the Government's new flagship Academies. The new facility will be privately sponsored and link up with a local primary and special school.

All three schools would close to become one of the country's first Academies, which will take pupils through from the age of three to 19.

The school hit the headlines earlier this month when the pupils involved in the Pink Floyd song lodged a claim for a percentage of the royalties. It also gained notoriety as the closest to Tony Blair's Islington home before he became Prime Minister. Mr Blair sent his eldest son, Euan, to the London Oratory School in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham rather than to a local school.

The new Academy, which is still in the planning phase, would be sponsored by an education charity, Absolute Resources for Kids (ARK). Based in the City of London, ARK is hoping to establish a network of Academies in the capital and already runs a project for pregnant teenagers in Islington.

However, the school will be rebuilt which means the bricks in the iconic wall shown in the video will be removed.

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