BEING SOLD A DUMMY

astonishingletterI’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that this is an astonishing letter from Kent Education Authority: 130218 Final response re Wye Free School.

This is the body that is responsible for education throughout Kent – which therefore knows where there is a need for places, commissions new schools, prevents too many new schools being built.

It has decided that there’s no need for a new secondary school in Wye. The quote from the letter is “wrong place at the wrong time”.

Surely we could have found this out sometime ago?

That would have prevented huge effort by the free school committee, United Learning, Imperial College, Ashford Borough Council and the Parish Council – not to mention the exhaustion of the local community in contemplation of the concept.

I can’t help casting my mind back to the supportive letters of electoral representatives: 130217FreeSchoolSupporting letters Is it not too much to ask representatives to be talking to their officers at an early stage – prior to sending enthusiastic letters of support?

This is the political equivalent of being sold a dummy in a dangerous place: right on the edge of the penalty area, with an open goal at the mercy of the opposition strikers, defence scrambling to get their bodies in the way.

Hopefully someone will hoof the ball upfield and we can progress in a more orderly manner.

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I am Jasper Bouverie. I have two blogs: jasperbouverie.com which is about promoting sustainability in the village of Wye in Kent (and beyond); and FunderFilms.com which I will fill with short films dedicated to promoting social and environmental awareness and change. Find me on Twitter: funderfilms and finelinej
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2 Responses to BEING SOLD A DUMMY

  1. Delia Copland says:

    Please see the Briefing Note on the Wye Free School Application written by David Adams, Area Education Officer (Mid Kent) and dated 10 May 2011 (yes, 2011!) Presumably everyone chose to ignore the County Council’s view from the outset?
    See http://www.wyeweb.org/?p=12973

    • Morning Delia. The thing is that the Education Authority has every reason not to agree with government policy – as I try to explain in a more recent post: https://jasperbouverie.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/the-world-is-back-to-front/
      Free schools everywhere are incredibly divisive: some favour investing in the existing system, others building something new (along free school lines…). If you put such a divisive issue into a beehive such as Wye, it’s no surprise that we all end up flapping our wings at each other!
      I think it was irresponsible of government not to give clear guidelines on public consultation on Free Schools. (The reason they didn’t do so presumably is because they had no intention of drawing up guidelines for something that they weren’t going to listen to?)

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