Archway sixth-form plans get go-ahead

Academy set to build four-storey block to welcome extra pupils

Friday, 28th May 2021 — By Calum Fraser

City of London Academy

An illustration of how the expanded City of London Academy Highgate Hill could look

PLANS to create a new academy sixth form in Archway aimed at “Russell League university standard pupils” were approved this week.

The City of London Academy Highgate Hill, formerly known as Mount Carmel Catholic College for Girls, was given the green light by planning chiefs to build a four-storey block in Nicholay Road on the Elthorne estate.

This will allow the academy to open up a sixth-form provision with the capacity to take 200 pupils, which the school’s planning documents say will deliver “specialist” teaching.

At a meeting on Monday, planning committee chairman, Labour councillor Martin Klute, questioned what is meant by a “specialist provision”.

Shane Bellingham, from the Department for Education (DfE), said: “A lot of Islington sixth form pupils who are Russell League university standard pupils are going out of the borough to gain access to places.

“The idea is that the City of London sixth form here will provide a hub for high-achieving Islington sixth form pupils that would have had to go out of borough – so that’s the specialism there.”

The academy’s director of finance, Peter Clarke, said he was confident that the places would be filled, adding: “It is now well oversubscribed. The intake is coming from a much smaller area and the distance students are travelling is less than a mile.”

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