With 2012 being so focused on sports, it’s surprising that Wandsworth Council are planning to reduce Elliot School’s sports pitches by 40%. This is not your average school with former pupils reading like a who’s who of British pop: Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard of Hot Chip attended the school in the 1990s; The Maccabees, The XX and So Solid Crew all have members who studied there; Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet) and the Mercury-nominated Emma Smith from Basquiat Strings were pupils. Thespian graduates also include Pierce Brosnan and Alun Armstrong’s son Joe Armstrong. However, this isn’t a private school or academy, it is a city comprehensive with not only an impressive musical legacy but also a unique architectural history. The school missed out on £40m after the government cancelled the school building programme and Wandsworth council declared that the school’s refurbishment should be self-funded, despite the lack of evidence that the council won’t be able to foot the bill. In order to save not only the sports field but also the grade II-listed building (which English Heritage described as ‘perhaps the finest of the large comprehensive schools built by the London County Council Architects’), campaigners will be protesting today, July 4, against what they say is ‘an attempt by the local authority to silence their opposition at a council meeting’. It’s the last chance the campaigners have to change the council’s minds, so help support the cause today outside Wandsworth Town Hall at 6.30pm. Carly-Ann Clements
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