Kingsland Secondary School

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Kingsland Secondary School was a school located on Shacklewell Lane in the London Borough of Hackney, England. It closed in August 2003.

The school, originally built as Dalston County School in ca. 1937,[1] was closed in August 2003,[2] demolished and rebuilt under the new name of the 'Petchey Academy', named after Jack Petchey.


The decision to permanently close down Kingsland Secondary School was met with much opposition, as many faculty members and students felt that much progress was being made in improving the standards of teaching and academic levels, which ultimately meant that the school should not have been branded a 'Special Measures' institution. However, the Office of The Schools Adjudicator published its decision on March 14, 2003 that the school should be discontinued by August 31, 2004.[3]

Building layout[edit]

Kingsland Secondary School consisted of four buildings, which were known as blocks A,B,C and D.

  • A-block was the largest of the four blocks, it was the main building, where the majority of subjects were taught to students.
  • B-block contained the canteen, design and technology department and the offices of the heads of years.
  • C-block housed two gym halls, a drama studio and the music department
  • D-block was also known as the "science block", although it was not exclusive to the science department. Also situated in this building was the special educational needs room, the French department and on the top floor, the home economics and art department.

GCSE pass rate[edit]

In 2003 the GCSE pass rate (A*-G) was 20%, this increased to 21% in 2003.

Film location[edit]

The Granada Television series 'Murder City' used the school as a location.[4]

The 2005 TV movie 'Ahead of the Class' starring Julie Walters, used the school as a location. The film was based on a real-life, turn-around-the-school story where Marie Stubbs took the helm at St George's School in Maida Vale, London. Among the many shots of the school inside and out, the main hall in A block featured in assembly scenes. See IMDB

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Baker, T.F.T. (1995). "Hackney: Shacklewell". A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 10: Hackney (1995), pp. 35-38. British History Online. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  2. ^ "HSMP: End of celebrations and looking to the future". Hackney Schools Mentoring Programme. 2004-07-09. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  3. ^ "Decision on Kingsland High School - Hackney". National News. Office of The Schools Adjudicator (National). 2003-03-14. Archived from the original on 2011-08-07. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  4. ^ "Drama". Projects filmed in Hackney. London Borough of Hackney. 2008-01-15. Archived from the original on 2008-11-22. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 

Coordinates: 51°33′07″N 0°04′11″W / 51.5519°N 0.0698°W / 51.5519; -0.0698