>The Reel News tour hit Newcastle last night at the wonderful Star and Shadow cinema, the second day of the tour.
And the above shots are the proposed site. It is currently home to some 400 families, 90 percent of whom are in social housing programs. The Tesco project will see them moved out with a “promise” of returning when the project is finished. But there will only be 200 built and only 25 percent – the legal minimum – will be allocated to social housing.
If Laidlaw had not sponsored the Academy it would have come under the control of the Vardy Foundation.
He went on to explain the layout of the school – the “schools within schools” system – describing it as “bland” and “like a prison”, with high fences and electronically operated security gates that close at 8.30am and only opens again at 3.45pm. The school has been open three weeks and already reports are abound that the pupils are regularly trying to escape the school by scaling the fences.
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