Pimlico plans blocked
The move comes three years into the PFI project at Pimlico school, Westminster which would have replaced the award-winning glass and concrete structure.
Government advice on setting up PFI schemes emphasises the need to have the full support of all parties, including governors - who have to agree contributions towards service charges from their delegated school budget.
Pimlico's governors and parents are worried about the loss of a quarter of their site for houses, disruption during the works and budgetary issues. They want to set up a think-tank to look at alternative plans for the school, which overheats in the summer and is expensive to maintain.