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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.