Buried ethics

20th January 1995 at 00:00
The story "Bitterness grows in a Kent playing field" (TES, January 6) misses the point, which is that the Secretary of State is minded to ensure that all the seven pitches previously shared by three schools should be allocated to the two in the grant-maintained sector, leaving the one local education authority school with none.

The local education authority school is, for the time being at least, to be offered the use of one pitch for less than half a week, which is totally inadequate to enable delivery of games lessons under the national curriculum to each of its 753 pupils.

Before grant-maintained status was an option, all three schools had acceptable use of these same seven pitches.

Successive area education directors have endeavoured to negotiate with the GM sector on behalf of the LEA to achieve a continuation of this arrangement but, finally, the issue has had to be referred to the Education Assets Board.

I find this whole problem extremely upsetting and a distraction from the job I love and am here to do.

What a pity that we seem to have mislaid the desire to share available facilities for the benefit of all who need them. I look forward to the resurrection of this basic ethic of public service.

VIVIEN POAD

Headmistress

Dartford West High School for Girls

Heath Lane

Dartford

Kent

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