Look at plans... and then decide

EDITOR – I wasn’t going to reply to Iris Dainton again because I thought that if the only thing she can find to pull me up on is a misattributed quote (albeit correctly – I always get “..lies, damned lies and statistics” mixed up with Stalin’s “a single death is a tragedy; a millions deaths is a statistic”, which he probably didn’t even say and which I sincerely hope won’t apply here!) then the discussion was probably at an end. But then I found that Mrs Dainton was wrong again.

The argument as far as I could gather is this. The Priory Witham Academy in Lincoln is part of a hard federation of academies, along with the Priory Academy LSST and a couple of others, and as it is a success story then the Louth schools should follow the same model.

I had never heard of the school so I checked their website.

The circumstances between the Lincoln schools then and the Louth schools now are different. If I read their document correctly the management of the Priory Academy LSST were brought in to help the Joseph Ruston School (which became a large part of the Priory Witham Academy), which was seen by the City of Lincoln to be failing and was heading for closure. With such help no wonder it improved so much.

I contend the improvement would have happened whether the schools were academies or not. The only way this could apply to Louth is if King Edward took over the management of at least one of the other Louth and area secondary schools.

The last time I asked at King Edward they had no plans to become an academy, whatever the other schools end up doing.

I noticed on page 20 of the September 14 Leader that the schools merger plans are soon to go on show (at the Tennyson High School in Mablethorpe on September 22 at 6pm, at Monks’ Dyke on September 29 at 6.30pm and at Cordeaux on October 5 between 5.30pm and 8.30pm).

At the risk of preaching (and being a hypocrite) I urge all interested parties to look at the plans and draw their own conclusions. I will be.

Gerald Wiley