Friday 9 September 2005 11.06am
Does anyone know exactly why the "old" (1960s) Lilian Baylis school was regarded as so unfit for purpose - I've never seen anything more specific from Lambeth than "the building does not meet modern educational requirements".
I had assumed that it was probably regarded as too big for good discipline (designed for 1500 pupils?) but someone else suggested the classrooms were too small.
My cynical suspicion is that demolishing the large school site would have made the "decanting" of tenants into new flats much easier under the previous proposals for a comprehensive redevelopment of the Ethelred estate, and that was why so few questions were asked about providing a replacement school with only 600 places crammed into the new site.
Given the pressing shortage of school places, especially in Lambeth, I remain unconvinced that the site couldn't be reused as a pair of secondary schools with shared campus facilities.