School has been badly let down

PUBLISHED: 11:19 09 February 2006 | UPDATED: 09:35 06 May 2010

I read your selection of letters regarding the Collenswood School closure last week with interest, bewilderment, amusement, anger and a variety of other emotions. I would respectfully suggest that some comments are based on a very little knowledge of the

I read your selection of letters regarding the Collenswood School closure last week with interest, bewilderment, amusement, anger and a variety of other emotions.

I would respectfully suggest that some comments are based on a very little knowledge of the facts regarding the school or the situation. The main facts known by most people are to do with the shortcomings of the school. The parents and pupils are well aware of these and yet the majority of them still want the school to remain open. Why is that? Could it be that the school is not quite as bad as the facts suggest?

By the time this letter is printed, the fate of Collenswood will have been decided, barring the formalities. The ink will not be dry on the transcript of the consultation meetings by this stage and yet this is apparently fine because the school is in Special Measures and all the failures associated with it can be discarded. That is except for those members of the council who admitted in your very paper to having failed. How big an admission is it to offer to pay for examination re-sits?

They appear to be the only ones unscathed by all this, yet they are the ones ultimately responsible for it. The department for Children, Schools and Families (CSF) should be seriously thinking about their title since they have failed to respect the views of children, failed this particular school and are well in the process of destroying families with it. I hope they sleep easy at night in the knowledge that the budget is a whole lot healthier (once they sell the land) even if a school full of pupils have lost their chance at an education in this life.

The previous correspondent who said we should trust our elected leaders should maybe rethink their position.

ROY FOSTER, Barham Road, Stevenage

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