I have been sent an email by a reader who has corresponded with the Head Teacher of the school which Tony Blair visited yesterday, where he made his non-resignation statement. Pay particular attention to the penultimate paragraph...
Many thanks for your email. I can assure you that this behaviour was not supported by anyone at the school. Indeed we were horrified that our children had been exploited and abused by a political organisation, members of which had been outside the school gates since 8am. Somehow details of the visit, though confidential, had been leaked through a website and a picket and demonstration had been organised without our knowledge or consent.
The school had not been closed specifically for the visit. We had a planned half day induction for students followed by staff training in the afternoon. Organisationally this had been in the school calendar since before the summer break.
Our students were put in serious danger physically and emotionally by the outrageous actions of these political “rabble rousers” who had no concern for them as young people but simply used them as pawns for their own political ends.
I have today held a staff meeting and will be holding a whole school assembly later to explain to the students how the actions of 50 out of 1500 have been perceived and how it clearly reflects so poorly on the school.
We pride ourselves on being one of the most improved schools in the UK. Our students are always our pride and joy. It is completely out of character for them to behave in such an unruly, rude and disrespectful manner. However the role played by these activists was cleverly orchestrated and the children were merely fodder for a political campaign.
I personally remain a big supporter of Tony Blair whose policies I value and who I personally feel is a man of integrity and honesty.
Many thanks for taking the time to contact me. I hope that this will help to set the record straight.
Jo Shuter, Headteacher, QK School
Funny, I always thought Head Teachers should stay out of party politics. Clearly times have changed. It's obviously the only way to get new classrooms and more funding. Welcome to New Labour's Britain.