A record 608 visitors to this blog yesterday, including many of our most famous local politicians and bureaucrats apparently. You’re all welcome guys…maybe we’ll even convert you?
SMS met with Chris Hilliard yesterday in an open and honest discussion about the consultation meetings and the decision-making process. We were encouraged by his obvious passion for education and his commitment to Bedford Borough. He has done a fantastic job in gaining preliminary agreement for BSF funding. Chris also reaffirmed that he was absolutely behind a bid for BSF funding whether this should be for two tier or three tier education and that the key point was “readiness to deliver”.
SMS entirely agrees. That is why the current three-tier system, which is in place already, should be enhanced through a process of evolution, rather than a damaging, underfunded and educationally unsound revolution to two tier. What is more “ready to deliver” than a set of existing sites?
This also makes complete financial sense. Everybody is worried about what will happen under a new Government, of whatever hue. Nobody can guarantee funding decisions for the future. If funding is gained for a revolutionary move to two tier and then cut at some point in the future, the whole project collapses. Under an evolution of the existing three-tier system, if funding were revealed to be cut, then only some sub-projects would be cancelled, to be reinstated at a later date when money became available.
It would be financially very stupid to do anything else at this point in the economic cycle, aside from the myriad of other reasons not to change…
Help us stop this going any further. Come to the official consultation evenings next week and make your voices heard. That’s what democracy is about.