Publishing supremo (and council leader's mum) cuts ribbon on new school buildings

Camden School for Girls parents help raise more than £100,000 for improved facilities

Friday, 11th May 2018 — By Helen Chapman

Gail Rebuck Elizabeth Kitcatt

Baroness Gail Rebuck with Elizabeth Kitcatt

PUBLISHING power­house Gail Rebuck cut the ribbon at a new front entrance to a Camden Town secondary school.

She officially opened the entrance at Camden School for Girls, in Sandall Road, which has also extended its canteen and sixth-form building, as well as creating a new common room.

Baroness Rebuck, mother of council leader Georgia Gould and her Evening Standard columnist sister Grace, said: “I am thrilled to be here. I have been associated with the school for over 20 years. “Both my daughters came here and their friends for life were the friends that they made here. What I love about this school is that it’s such a great community.”

During her visit to the school on Thursday, she was receiving local election updates from her daughter, whose re-election in nearby Kentish Town ward was later confirmed.

Baroness Rebuck, a Labour peer and chair of publishing company Penguin Random House, added: “The extraordinari­ness of Camden [School for Girls] is that each new headteacher has built from the last. What is left is this extraordinary ethos of Camden School for Girls. It’s so wonderful to be back here and see so many friendly faces, some of which haven’t changed at all in 20 years.”

Baroness Rebuck cuts the ribbon

School head Elizabeth Kitcatt said: “The design of the building is beautiful.” She thanked “our wonderful Parent Teacher Association”, adding: “They set up a hugely successful 60-for-60 fundraising campaign, aiming to raise £60,000 but have in fact contrib­uted nearly £105,000.”

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