For those of you that do not know two years ago Edgare School at Spur Road became the London Academy, free of control from the Barnet Local Education Authority and free to make its own decisions on how it is run. This September its new gleaming school building opened for pupils which is officially being opened by David Cameron in a couple of weeks time.
For some reason our local MP Andrew Dismore criticised the opening of this school building, for reasons I can not be sure of. However, unlike Mr Dismore, I welcome the opening of the new London Academy in Edgware. I was therefore disappointed to see the front page article of the Edgware Times on 21 September in which Mr Dismore was causing a fuss over the opening of the schools new building.
Rather than worrying over who is opening the new building, maybe Mr Dismore can join me as the local councillor for Edgware in congratulating the hard work of the Principle, Mr Hearn and his staff, in trying to turn the school round, to improve the prospects for the school's pupils.
However, I am not that surprised of Mr Dismore's views, because when you think about it, the new academy and foundations schools, like that in Edgware are opposed by most Labour MP's; and Tony Blair only got through his policy thanks to the support of the Conservative Party. So let's hope when Labour throw out Tony Blair they don’t also throw out the extra freedom that schools will be getting, like that now enjoyed by the London Academy in Edgware.