Monday, June 24, 2024

New education boss slammed over “no visits” to senior heads

THE NEW education portfolio holder was grilled last night on a number of different issues by the Tory opposition.

Orsett councillor Mike Revell has just taken over as shadow education spokesmen and with new councillor Mark Coxshall, they took cllr Gerrish to task on a number of issues.

Cllr Revell set the ball rolling with a gentle opener on how plans were progressing for the new Chafford Academy.

Cllr Gerrish informed the chamber as to where the “transition” was at. He made reference to the certain surmountable difficulties with the change from trust to academy status.

Cllr Revell then revealed that he had been in discussion with the school who informed him that the LEA had never handed over the deeds to the school.

Cllr Gerrish said that he would look into this.

Cllr Coxshall then asked him, how many meetings he had actually had with senior school headteachers.

Cllr Gerrish replied: “I have had a number of meetings with senior education officials.”

Cllr Coxshall shouted across the chamber: “That will be none then.”

After the meeting, cllr Gerrish said: “We are trying to get the point across that we are trying to build progress and success here in Thurrock.

I have met heads such as Liz Jackson at Little Thurrock and Sheila Walsh at the Community College. Success is not based on how many meetings you have had but how many childrens’ lives have been improved.

After the meeting


  1. As he was elected i predicted on this page that Jackie Doyle Prices little gopher Mark Coxall was going to bring the national agenda around Education into the chamber. It took him all of two meeting so i wasn’t far wrong there.

    If your article is correct and Gollam oh sorry i mean Coxall was shouting across the chamber he needs to be taught the basics of how to act at official council meetings.

    Lets watch with interest JDPs movements on education and how her tactics are mirrored bythe Thurrock Tories in the chamber.

    More free schools anybody? Watch and see.

    And as a foot note: I agree with other posts on YT – All council meetings should be live on the internet. Then we joe public would be able to witness the behaviour of those who are elected to represent us and make sure that they dont just have point scoring bun fight.

  2. Can’t any of the lefties make a comment about a Tory without being childish or abusive (or, most often, both)? Whatever point you make Sting, you lose all credibility the moment you start name calling. On the points raised in the article, I agree with Cllr Gerrish, meetings are not the be all and end all, I am sure the head teachers have better things to do than have constant meetings with Councillors.
    On the point raised by Sting, what’s wrong with free schools?


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