I’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.