Officially Britain’s worst school, London’s School of Hard Knocks will forcibly transfer to academy status this summer, according to Department for Education sources.
The school which has been in special measures since 1951 will be known henceforth as the London Academy of non-violent learning. Headmaster Andrew ‘Thrasher’ Bennett will retire after 30 years in charge drawing a line under recent allegations relating to the use of a reinforced steel cane.
New Head Tony Briggs confirmed that there would be significant changes to the school’s curriculum saying that “What is clear is that many of the boys were spending far too many hours being beaten up both by teachers and by each other than receiving an education of any kind.
”It was wrong that many alumni were leaving the school under the impression that this was in some way comparable to the education being received at other schools when in fact very few employers are looking for this kind of experience.”
It is understood that the move to academy status will also break the school’s historic link with the nearby University of Life; the partnership having failed to produce a single graduate in fifty-seven years.