Camden Academy decision-making process approved
13 February 2009
UCL today welcomes the High Court finding that the decision-making and consultation process undertaken by Camden Council regarding the proposed UCL-sponsored Academy school in Camden was lawful and in line with statute and government guidance, involving wide and appropriate consultation with residents, schools and other stakeholders.
The ruling opens the way for UCL to forge ahead with developing plans for a new Academy school in Camden sponsored by the university. The UCL-sponsored Academy will provide 900 new and much-needed school places for 11-16 year olds plus an extra 250 sixth-form places.
Professor Michael Worton, UCL Vice-Provost (Academic & International), said: "We are very pleased by the clear judgments handed down by the High Court. Our aim is, and always has been, to contribute to secondary education in Camden by sponsoring an Academy that will offer young people the best possible education in science, maths and foreign languages, whatever their ability and aptitude.
"We are grateful that Camden Council shares this vision. Now that the judge has so clearly ruled, we shall continue with our partnership working and look forward to opening the Academy in 2011."
Notes for Editors
Founded in 1826, UCL was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, the first to admit students regardless of race, class, religion or gender, and the first to provide systematic teaching of law, architecture and medicine. UCL is the seventh-ranked university in the 2008 THES-QS World University Rankings, and the third-ranked UK university in the 2008 league table of the top 500 world universities produced by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University. UCL alumni include Marie Stopes, Jonathan Dimbleby, Lord Woolf, Alexander Graham Bell, and members of the band Coldplay. UCL currently has over 12,000 undergraduate and 8,000 postgraduate students. Its annual income is over £600 million.