Bravestart Frank

17th October 1997 at 01:00
Frank McAveety, newly elected leader of Glasgow City Council, must be relishing the prospect. First week in office and school closures are back on the agenda. The 35-year-old English teacher at St Brendan's High in Linwood, in neighbouring Renfrewshire, is one of the most notable successful products of All Saints Secondary on the north-east side of the city.

He comes from a respected family of McAveetys in Barmulloch and took a leading part in opposing the closure of All Saints during the earlier, and partially sunk, Adapting to Change programme.

Guess which secondary may now be included in the hit list? But we were all impetuous when we were young. McAveety himself told the press on Monday that the significant change was the change of Government. Ah well, New Labour, All Change.

The New Leader, formerly the council's arts supremo, clearly considers himself to have been tested by fire, drawing the press's attention on two occasions to the fact that he taught for some years in Greater Easterhouse. He is also clearly at home with New Labour sound-bites. Glasgow, he declared, had made "a brave start" with its secondary schools package but it would require "bravehearts" to carry it through. Who could he have in mind?

Malcolm Green, the education convener, has certainly been scarred by enough closures battles in the past. He was at his most magisterial, with the air of a man who feels he may be about to win the Big One with the help of loadsamoney.

Green was careful not to identify any of the potential victims. But Ken Corsar, the director of education, looked distinctly edgy when his chairman began extolling his "vision" of west end pupils going east because "scheme schools" such as Bellarmine or Lochend were able to provide them with a more satisfying education. Alas, Green stopped there and did not offer us any more hints of likely survivors.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today