SO, what is Camden’s first academy school planned for Swiss Cottage going to be called? I assumed it would be simply known as the ‘UCL Academy’, after the university which will sponsor it. Lecturers on campus there seem to think the same thing. The Times Education Supplement suggested, however, it wasn’t so cut and dry in a long feature on the project, covering familiar ground, last week.
Nick Morrison for the TES suggested that UCL may want to provide a clear distinction about the management structure of the school, a source of much angry-faced controversy in the last few years locally. He wrote:
“At UCL, staff refer to it as “the UCL Academy”. Many London schools are named after individuals, but that doesn’t look to be on the cards for this one. UCL Academy is the obvious choice, but the university is keen to make it clear the school is not part of UCL, so this may end up being overtaken by a desire to clarify the relationship.”
But what’s the new school, which has been at the centre of rows over its location and its independent sponsorship, to be called if not the ‘UCL Academy’? How about naming it after the two Camden Council councillors who helped seal the deal? The John Bryant Academy maybe? Or Andrew Mennear High? That would be an honour for the men who reached the decision to open a new school in Camden was in Swiss Cottage – five minutes away from Quintin Kynaston and not that far from Haverstock – and not south of the Euston Road, where families remain stranded in their search for a secondary without a school in sight.
Ok, maybe not.. Anybody got any better ideas?