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Prince's School changes direction as Gale goes

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Prince Charles' School of Architecture and the Building Arts is to search for an education director with a new, wide-ranging 'holistic' role to include working with local schools in Hackney and the broader community.

New director of communications for the Prince of Wales' Foundation Deborah Lincoln said the new post, for which the school will advertise in the next few months, will focus on 'community outreach programmes' in a bid to develop 'a more holistic approach to architecture,' and be about education and development as well as an academic position.

The move follows the resignation last week of Adrian Gale, the modernist head of school. Lincoln dismissed speculation that Gale had been fired or because of any intervention by the Prince on a housing-design course he proposed, saying that he had simply come to the end of his post 'a few months early,' and that Trustees had rejected the course at the end of last year. The post-graduate course had finished, all students had passed, and Gale had done his job, said Lincoln. Gale will leave next month and there will be no new head of school, although David Porter is the acting head of education. Gale refused to comment.

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