Last night at Beauchamp Middle School, a calm, sensible, but open and honest debate was heard for the first time. Mike Berrill (Principal of Biddenham College) spoke of his vision for the future of his campus and for why we should embrace transformational change, and Tony Dadd spoke on behalf of the Save Middle Schools campaign.
We all agreed that we would like to gain BSF funding to improve Bedford Borough schools, that we would like to see a Full Council vote, and that a Judicial Review would mean that the money is lost.
We also agreed that everyone should fill in the consultation document and, whatever the outcome, everyone would need to collaborate fully to improve education in Bedford. We, of course, differed in the outcome we would like to see.
SMS is holding further meetings this week at Woodside Middle School (Tue 20 June at 7pm), Harrold Village Hall (Wed 1 July at 7pm) and Bromham Village Hall (Thu 2 July at 8:15pm). So far we have failed to find anyone as courageous as Mike to stand up and speak for two-tier, but would welcome offers, especially from Heads of upper or lower schools in favour of change.
Would it be too much to ask that the mayor attend one public meeting before the consultation period ends?
Come on Frank…come and debate with us…