Schoolhouse Education to close - set up by Pink Floyd

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Schoolhouse Education to close - set up by Pink Floyd

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An independent but state-funded school established with the help of one of the world's biggest bands, Pink Floyd, has been forced to close after 40 years.

Schoolhouse Education, which claims it was the "original free school", is to shut its Lewisham site in June after failing to attract enough students and losing funding from the local authority. Its Greenwich site will remain open.

The school was founded to help disaffected students in south London, and was able to open thanks to a £1,000 donation from Pink Floyd, raised at an Oxfam concert in Wembley in 1972.

A newsletter published by teachers and students at the school in 1972 said: "Thank you Pink Floyd, without whom, quite literally, we would not have survived."

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