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A Brief Summary on the Schools Organisation meeting

A Brief Summary on the Schools Organisation meetingChristopher Storr, Chaired the meeting and proposed that 10 minutes in total should be allowed for representatives from the Town Council Jill Davidson and EVPAG's Steve Marshall to speak, this was in response to Steve's letter to KCC.

Mr L Riding questioned the change of procedure as they had voted at the previous meeting to only allow questions to be asked, however he did not object to the proposal but did not want this to become a president.

Following Steve's speech, Ian Craig responded to the quote from Estelle Morris's letter by quoting another part that say's a failing school should not be allowed to continue. And to Jill Davidsons speech on the depravation in Edenbridge he asked if she had evidence of this as he did not believe this to be the case, unfortunately Mrs Davidson was not expecting to be allowed to speak and did not have any information prepared.

Questioning of Ian Craig and Chris Lay by the five different groups followed, of particular note was the question on the catchment area of Edenvalley directed at Chris Lay.
Father Bridge of the Catholic Church disputed the information she had given as not including all the possible schools that may send children to EVS and to the effect on placements in the future, to which she had no response other than yes and she clearly felt very uncomfortable.

Document A4 paragraph 2 was asked to be defined (difficult re-organisation of education in Edenbridge from a Three to a Two-tier System) Ian Craig said that all changes were difficult but they were necessary because of falling numbers at EVS.

The chair then asked if their was anything else anyone wanted to say, to which a member of KCC called for a unanimous decision to close because of the Ofstead report and the schools viability.

Chair asked if any group wanted an adjournment to discuss the proposal to which the Kent School's group said yes, at this point we were quite optimistic on the outcome. Fifteen minutes later this group came back and a vote followed, they all voted to close the school however the Kent schools group asked for assurances that this would not happen to two other schools in Kent.

The Group returned to school and interviews were given to BBC SE Today outside the school. Radio Kent also interviewed Steve via his mobile seated in his car in Edenbridge high street a little later.

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