After decades of campaigning and tactical political warfare there is finally going to be a new secondary school addressing the needs of people living in the wider areas of Kings Cross, St. Pancras, Bloomsbury, and also adjoining parts of Islington such as the areas around Lloyd Baker Square and Amwell Street are sure to benefit.
The school is supposed to emerge in 2016 on a Camden Council owned site at Wren Street, where business leases are running out next year.It will be a four form entry school, which means a huge amount of children will come to go there.
This will help young people to keep connected and remain part of the area.
Since Kings Cross is hugely diverse on the social scale and in terms of ethnic backgrounds, the school will have to reflect this from within, but if it can capitalize on the huge amount of bilingualism and multilingualism, you already know what could be achieved only in terms of language ability here (some thought needs to go into considering how to support speakers of languages to excel in these even if the school does not teach it on-site).
Given the high amount of historic sites, institutes, hospitals, museums, galleries, Gray’s Inn, ITN, trade unions, national associations, universities and trade schools, and so on… there is no lack of imaginative potential, especially if the teachers-to-be utilize this environment and work with it creatively and in co-operation.
To live in Kings Cross will be a privilege!
INNER CITY SPORT Lacking special sports grounds in the wider inner city area, some attention ought to be given when building the school to the creation of sufficient space for this, integrating where possible and maybe also liaising with projects such as Coram Fields football grounds (but what to do in the cold season?). For athletics there is next to nothing so far in the wider area (but some minor modifications could be arranged and financed at Coram Fields perhaps?) For water sports luckily the Ironmonger Baths are not too far.
Points to consider are a further reduction in vehicle traffic in the area, now that another school is to be erected here, and to increase the general road safety as students will walk and cycle to school but also in terms of air pollution the children are exposed to. This may become part of the Kings Cross gyratory review carried out by TFL.
Also with the Mount Pleasant development the area South of Camden may eventually need an extra state primary school. Should new buildings be erected or old ones refurbished the landlords ought to consider an increase in family units.
But one wonders why in the end it had to take so long…?