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