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School plan mooted for Olympic site

The Government is considering building a school at the Olympic stadium site after the 2012 Games.

Olympics minister Tessa Jowell and schools minister Jim Knight have commissioned a review to explore the possibility of establishing a school to boost usage of the site after the Games are over.

Ministers are keen the stadium site is used by local people after the event and does not turn into a white elephant.

The review will advise ministers this summer. It will be led by Ian Stewart, who retired last year as chief executive of Cambridgeshire County Council.

The review's terms of reference are "to advise Government on potential options for securing an educational legacy at the Olympic Stadium site after the 2012 Games".

Ministers claim the proposal is designed to complement, not to replace, the legacy use of the stadium field of play itself as a sporting venue. Negotiations are continuing to secure football and rugby teams as 'anchor' tenants, alongside the planned summer use of the stadium for athletics.

Ms 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."

Mr Knight added: "The stadium site needs to be part of the overall plans for education in east London, including plans for training young people for employment and for further and higher education."