Numbers and History Speak for Themselves

Response to CNJ 

In 2012 Camden received 178 secondary transfer applications from children resident in Camden south of Euston Road.  Of those 178 applicants, Camden offered places to just 47.  This means 131 went to school in other boroughs.

March 2013: 194 applications. Camden places were offered to 75. The rest, 119, went to 29 different schools in 11 different boroughs.

In 2011 the comparative figures are similar. 186 applications received with 55 offered Camden places – 131 were placed outside Camden.

From the 2010/11 figures, 60% of Camden resident children got into Camden secondary schools. That’s from all of Camden. The percentage for south of Euston Road was different – 202 SER eleven-year olds went to 38 different schools in 14 different boroughs;  just 29% got a place at a Camden secondary school.

A recent report by Camden’s Director of Children, Schools and Families of 11-year olds living in the SER area projects a peak at over 300 in 2015 and subsequently levelling out at out around 250 per year until 2033. This is more than enough to fill 120 places in The Holborn School each year.


The ‘Where is my School?’ campaign has been running since 2005.  During that time we have presented a 2000 signature petition and conducted three surveys of parental demand.

The results of the 2013 survey of year 4 and 5 pupils are :

Year 4:  Yes 134   Maybe 41  Total positive 175

Year 5:  Yes 153   Maybe 19  Total positive 172

The school will be 4-form entry, meaning that it will accept 120 pupils per year. 

Quality and Excellence

The Holborn School will be one of the UK’s first University Training Schools. A University Training School (UTS) is a school that is set up and sponsored by a Higher Education Institution – in this case The Institute of Education (IOE).

The aim of setting up the UTS is to draw on the IOE’s expertise as one of the UK’s best higher education providers of Initial Teacher Education (ITE), both to enhance the quality of education for pupils who attend the UTS and to help improve other schools, by creating a centre for excellence for teacher education, school improvement and educational research.

The IOE is already working closely with a number of schools in the borough so there is much to build on for future close working across all Camden schools and the UTS.  The IOE has confirmed that it wants to work closely with the Camden family of schools through sharing of best practice from the research at the UTS and in schools generally and also by exploring the possibility of shared sixth form provision with other schools and colleges, in the south of the borough.

The campaign continues to be grateful for the help and support of our ward councillors, our MP Frank Dobson, Angela Mason and Camden’s CSF.  The Holborn School is both needed and wanted, and will become an asset to the local community and to the Camden family of schools.

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