22 January 2008

You couldn't make it up

It's astonishing to read Tory councillor Paul Bristow's recent scribblings on Fulham schools. The erstwhile boxing promoter appears to be attempting to take credit for the achievements of Hurlingham and Chelsea school which this year made it onto the list of most improved schools in the country.

Perhaps Cllr Bristow has forgotten that it was his party that attempted to close Hurlingham and Chelsea school last year claiming it was unpopular and underperforming.

While one should respect Cllr Bristow's rapid U-turn on the subject, a little more humility might be justified. Perhaps even an apology?

Moreover, further strain will be placed on our secondary schools in the coming years as cuts that are currently decimating the local authority begin to bite. Senior subject inspectors who have a wealth of knowledge and experience in their subject specialisms are being eased out and not replaced. The ICT and Technology inspector has retired and will not be replaced while the Arts and Music Inspector was replaced by a less experienced advisor.

More short term cost savings at the expense of education in Hammersmith & Fulham.

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