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Doing the ‘right thing’ for Shelley children

I WISH to appeal to every single parent and grand-parent in South Kirklees to stand up and be counted.

I WISH to appeal to every single parent and grand-parent in South Kirklees to stand up and be counted.

I am asking you all to do the right thing, now.

My children went through the Shelley Educational Pyramid some years ago. They went through Farnley Tyas School, onto Kirkburton Middle School and then to Shelley High School.

They were nervous, unconfident children of distinctly average intelligence. They prospered and went onto Leeds University where they both got outstanding honours degrees and now have fantastic careers - contributing to life and the communities that they have chosen to live in.

I am exceedingly proud of my children and their achievements. I am also eternally grateful for the best free education in probably the whole of Yorkshire.This was down to the whole educational pyramid.

I am not going to get into the argument of one transition being better than two. It is unproven and only adopted by the “middle school abolitionists”.

What I do know is that the three tier system suits our peculiar, semi-rural set-up in South Kirklees. The village schools support our local communities and feed our middle schools. Do we want to lose all this?

If Kirklees Council are forced to re-organise two middle schools and 16 first schools, small schools will close and some villages will change forever.

Did you know that Ofsted, for example, rated Birdsedge First School as outstanding. They have a pre-school set-up in the Community Hall. If Kirklees close the school, Birdsedge Community Centre is likely to fold – as it will not be financially viable without the support of the school. This is just one example of one community.

We met MP Simon Reevell on Saturday night. He told us – principally – three things: 1) this most definitely is not a done deal, 2) that the most important matter in all this was the children and which proposal was going to give them the best possible education, and 3) we have to demonstrate to him and the people in Westminster that our parents’ action group represents the vast majority of future parents, current parents, past parents, grand-parents and people who live in the south Kirklees constituency of Simon Reevell.

I have friends all over Huddersfield and a lot of them either say, “I don’t know what you are talking about” or “it doesn’t concern me ....my kids moved on years ago”. It concerns you all. The schools will change, your communities will change forever.

I trawled through 16 mind-numbing Ofsted reports. We have excellent schools. The following schools are outstanding : Birdsedge First, Emley, Farnley Tyas, Scissett First, Scissett Middle and Shelley First. The good schools we currently have are: Cumberworth, Denby First, Flockton, Gilthwaites, Kirkburton First, Shepley First, St Aidans and Thurstonland. Kirkburton Middle School is good with outstanding features.

Please don’t turn away. Stand up for something worthwhile. We need your support. The first thing we need you to do is indicate that you approve of us and what we are doing. How? Simple send one email for us.

We are asking you to send one email, your wife to send another and all your children aged 18 and over to send one each. Please tell all your friends and family to do the same.

This email should go to kspmembership@gmail.com with cc to simon.reevell.mp@parliament.uk

All it needs is a) your full name, b) your date of birth, c) your postcode.

That’s it. Two minutes of your life and it will help to give big numbers to boost our campaign.

I became involved because I care – simple really.

James Crowther

Treasurer of Keep Shelley Pyramid for our Children

Backing the Pyramid

I WANTED to express my support for Keep Shelley Pyramid.

I have two children affected by the new proposals, and vehemently oppose the change, for a number of reasons.

The current system works well, and the massaging of the facts by Shelley College to make the middle school results look poor is, in my view, sheer manipulation.

Scissett Middle, where my son has just joined in year 6, has had outstanding ratings for a considerable period of time. Not what you would expect to find in a substandard school.

How can Shelley improve on outstanding, when it only has a ‘good’ rating itself? It is already classified as ‘larger than average’. Adding two more school years will make it ridiculously large.

Bully boy tactics ‘we can’t guarantee your child a place in year 9 if they don’t come in years 7 and 8’ will potentially scare parents into accepting a change because they don’t know where their children will go if they can’t get in to Shelley later.

My daughter, currently in year 4, will be joining year 6 at the time Shelley expect to start admitting years 7 and 8. What will happen to the middle school she is expecting to join?

How can so many of our small parochial first schools cope with the addition of a further year group? Why should our children be denied the opportunity to move on in a well managed progressive way?

Let’s not send them from tiny village schools serving 1 to 200 children, to massive concrete jungles with 2000 plus.

Some consideration also needs to be given to the armies of cooks, cleaners, gardeners, administrators and local suppliers who would also be affected by the closure of the middle schools. Many people could lose their jobs, and times are tough enough as it is.

Empire building is only OK if it serves the best interests of the children, and I simply don’t see how this does that. This is about money and status, not about the children.

Tina Gorman

Scissett

Time to renegotiate

I WATCHED the TV news (November 13) where the Prime Minister David Cameron gave a speech in Italy about the failed court hearing for the deportation of Abu Quatada.

He said he was fed up with the fact that this man was still at large in our country, that he had no right to be here and the Government believed he was a threat to the country.

Now this surprises me, as I thought Abu Quatada was given the right to be in this country way back, so sadly he is here lawfully.

If Mr Cameron really was fed up and wanted this man deported, it could very easily be done, and lawfully too. He could actually get rid of many others. He could do this in one momentous gesture!

It would please many United Kingdom citizens too, and save an absolute fortune on the legal aid bill, the justice department, the health service, and welfare bill. This one gesture by the PM would also push up his ratings in the polls.

Revoke the Human Rights Act in this country and get rid of all those that are undesirables, and let’s make a start in getting this country back on its feet. When we are ready renegotiate the act in our favour!

Keith Bagot

Honley

 

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