Saturday, 31 August 2013

David Morris: Saving Hornby High School (not)

David Morris MP is keen to tell us that Hornby School has reopened. His article in his recent booklet tells us that he worked with Michael Gove to order a review of the closure.  He also tells us that it was the Labour controlled County Council that ordered the closure but David didn't like this so he made it a priority that 'pupils continue to be educated at Hornby'. Michael Gove made a visit to Hornby and David worked with the Conservative controlled LCC so that 'There is now a school at Hornby and once again pupils can be educated at Hornby'.

David says he also ran a campaign 'to ensure that Hornby High School remained as an educational institution'. I don't remember his campaign. That doesn't mean that it didn't happen but I do remember a significant campaign in which I signed the petition to keep the school open. Maybe David's campaign was more low key.

It is interesting to note that control of Lancashire County Council went to the Tories between 2009 and 2013. It is interesting to note that David feels he has 'DELIVERED' a school on the same site.

David's website goes even further than his booklet: 'Hornby High School was later saved when David Morris MP and the Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove MP intervened'; but despite the reassurances and rhetoric, despite all the interventions, campaigns and petitions, Hornby High School was not saved. It closed in 2009, and hasn't reopened. The pupils that were educated there had to be relocated elsewhere.  There is a school on the same site but it is nothing to do with the County Council and nothing to do with David, and the pupils it teaches are from far afield, not from Hornby. A Christian group opened an independent school in September 2011 which is now called Hornby Park School.

This article too (see previous blogs) could have been written two years ago. Maybe David will write another booklet called 'David Morris Reporting Back Autumn 2013' and tell us something new?

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