Sir Cyril proves my point when he says that there is "even one in Northumberland". Why "even", for goodness' sake? One technology college and one languages college have been identified there. As both are on the Tyneside fringes they could tap some industrial support and have relatively affluent parent support. But what about "School C"? Its staff are just as devoted. Its children deserve those same extra opportunities. But since the local pit closed, the chief source of income of most of its parents is the DSS - not noted for its industrial sponsorship.
Shipley children in the mid-19th century received much better schooling than others because of the beneficence of Sir Titus Salt. We do not seem to have progressed much in 150 years.
Director of education Northumberland County Council