The school was delighted to welcome Councillor Ray Gooding (Essex County Council), Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning.
Co-head, David Barrs, said it was an opportunity to remind the local authority of the visionary decision they took in 1973 to establish a school ‘along European lines’, “the school has had a distinguished and pioneering history since those early days under the leadership of Norman Pitt. Post-referendum our mission as a comprehensive school is ever more important for the future and Essex deserve credit for being instrumental in laying the foundations”.
The discussion surrounded the state of education funding and teacher supply and the role of the local authority. They also talked about how the school might help other schools with their provision for students who do not have English as a first language as well as adult language classes that the school will be offering in the future.