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Olympics site could host school after the Games have finished

The government has revealed it is looking into plans to establish a school on the Olympic Stadium site after the 2012 Games.

A review, commissioned by Olympics minister Tessa Jowell and schools minister Jim Knight, will investigate how an ‘educational legacy’ can be created on the East London site to complement the use of the HOK Sport and Peter Cook-designed stadium post-Games.

Jowell said: ‘The stadium has the potential to inspire future generations with the Olympic ideals of young people striving for excellence. A school designed to nurture sporting and related achievement could be an excellent legacy embodying those ideals.’

Both ministers were quick to emphasise that the proposal would not replace the Olympic Stadium, but would complement the legacy use of the stadium as a sporting venue.

Negotiations are ongoing to secure both football and rugby teams as ‘anchor’ tenants, alongside a summer athletics use.

Jowell added: ‘We need to be sure that any new provision would be viable as part of future plans for sport and for the Olympic Park. The review will approach its task with an open mind, looking to grasp the unique opportunity provided by the site but also to ensure that any proposal goes with the grain of what the people of the area need and want.’

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