School Petition Debate Moved

The great secondary school debate has taken another twist. In fact, if a local authority wore knickers we’d definitely think they were getting them in a twist. It’s a nightmarish thought to think of York House smothered by a giant pair of bloomers. Or Council Leader Lord True dressed in a pair of….. OK, that’s enough of the fantasising!

As you’ll know from this very site, or elsewhere, the Council was to have debated the petition in favour of a voluntary aided Roman Catholic faith school on 1st November. Perhaps you were even going to turn up at York House to show your support for it or show your preference for Richmond’s next school to be an inclusive school? Don’t bother. LBRuT has now bumped the battle of the banners by moving the petition debate to a later date. El Brute has said this was at the request of the peition organisers and that it’s now likely to take place on December 13th.

Instead, the Council will be debating a motion put foward by the Lib Dems along the lines of “yadda yadda yadda… this Council resolves to consult parents of children in maintained primary schools about what type of school they want on the Clifden Road site”. Interesting. El Brute has consulted on plenty of things since the Tories surged past Serge to retake York House 18 months ago but strangely this particular school issue is not one of them. So, given the All-in-Ones, the Twickenham Conference (gosh, was it really a year ago that we covered that on here?), the roadshows and the all-the-rests, we can assume that the Conservative Council will be more than happy to sign up to the Lib Dem’s proposal. Surely they will. Won’t they?

The debate will also see 6 pre-submitted questions from the public put to the Council. We can but hope that these shed more light on the great mystery of how the Clifden Road site seemed to be offered to the Diocese of Westminster for an RC school. Or not. Depending on who you listen to, of course.

Previous school debate item on “two things” on twickerati.


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6 responses to “School Petition Debate Moved

  1. Well, the Conservatives put forward an alternative motion at the Council meeting. It effectively replaced the Lib Dem motion and was carried. It continues the longstanding Tory commitment to a Catholic secondary in the Borough as part of its commitment to ‘minority groups’:

    Cllr Paul Hodgins (Conservative, Barnes):
    “This Council resolves, bearing in mind its commitment to respect equal opportunities and the places of minorities in our communitty, to maintain its long standing commitment to the provision of a Roman Catholic secondary school, re-affirmed under successive administrations and as agreed without opposition by this full Council in its Corporate Plan adopted in April 2011, and to ensure in accordance with its normal pratice Borough-wide public consultation on any proposal that comes forward for such a school, including on the Clifden Road site.”

    Or you can see it for yourself at about 24 minutes in.

    So, the Conservative commitment to a Catholic school continues but they do plan to have a public consultation around it. Looks like this one’s going to run for a while yet..

  2. Tuesday’s debate is a special or extraordinary meeting of the Council called by the Liberal Democrats; agenda: .

    Unlike the petition mini-debates, it will allow, indeed require, participation from backbench councillors, so the Conservative councillors for Twickenham Riverside (Cllr Naylor et al), St Margaret’s and South Twickenham will be expected to declare their positions, which they have managed to avoid doing up to now.

    The questions from the public to be asked at the Council meeting are at:

  3. I’m pleased to see that this important issue will be debated not once but twice. If the council had been true to its mantra of openess, fairness and consultation it should have happened much sooner.

    Meanwhile the Solum’s application for the gross-over-development of Twickenham Station is likely to be heard by a special planning committee meeting in the next 2-3 weeks (date TBC).
    Visit for details of Solum’s application, links to the council website to object, and details of TRAG’s Plan B alternative station designs.

  4. TedF

    Question One: Were you pressured into this decision by a saint or saints? If so, which saint is the patron saint of denominational schooling?

    Question Two: Given the global shortage of nuns, who will teach at the school?

    Question Three: Will Hail Mary’s every truly replace detention and lines?

    Question Four: What portion of the syllabus will be devoted to feeling guilty?

    Question Five: Is the school anthem really going to be Catholic Girls by Frank Zappa?