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New name chosen for Brighton school

A controversial new name has been chosen for the academy which will replace a city secondary school.

Falmer High School, in Lewes Road, Brighton, will become known as the Brighton Aldridge Community Academy when it is relaunched in September.

The name has been selected by the Aldridge Foundation, the charitable group run by Portslade-raised multi-millionaire Rod Aldridge, who will sponsor the academy.

Until now the project has been referred to as Falmer Academy.

The new title has not yet been officially announced but has been used in a job advertisement for a new vice principal.

The Aldridge Foundation yesterday confirmed it had made the selection.

The new title mirrors another run by the same group in Lancashire, the Darwen Aldridge Community Academy.

The name has not been immediately welcomed in the surrounding area.

Some residents were disappointed it did not better reflect its history and surroundings.

Councillor Mo Marsh, who represents the Moulsecoomb and Bevendean area which is the school's catchment, said: "I'm not sure the name change is going to be very popular. It is quite long and I suspect taking Falmer out of the title is something the community will be sad about.

"As far as I know, there also hasn't been any consultation with the community about this, which is a shame."

Mother-of-two Nikki Edmond, who lives in the academy's catchment, in Bevendean, said she was unhappy at the choice.

She said: "Why does it need to have Aldridge in it? It doesn't represent the area at all. I suppose this means if I turned up with a couple of million quid I could call it the Brighton Edmond Community Academy?"

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12:24pm Wed 27 Jan 10

On_the_Level says...

..or BACA for short.
..or BACA for short. On_the_Level
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12:35pm Wed 27 Jan 10

Hong Kong Futon says...

"The name has not been immediately welcomed in the surrounding area. Some residents were disappointed it did not better reflect its history and surroundings."

Mmm, yeah.

Sh*thole Academy? Or

Pretend-we're-in-Fal
mer High School?
"The name has not been immediately welcomed in the surrounding area. Some residents were disappointed it did not better reflect its history and surroundings." Mmm, yeah. Sh*thole Academy? Or Pretend-we're-in-Fal mer High School? Hong Kong Futon
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1:03pm Wed 27 Jan 10

Jerry Only says...

We could cut to the chase and call it the "Aldridge wants a knighthood and will sell out any children, staff or principle to get it Academy" so at least we can be upfront about it.
We could cut to the chase and call it the "Aldridge wants a knighthood and will sell out any children, staff or principle to get it Academy" so at least we can be upfront about it. Jerry Only
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1:12pm Wed 27 Jan 10

Skippah says...

You can't polish a turd. But you can roll it in glitter.
You can't polish a turd. But you can roll it in glitter. Skippah
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1:26pm Wed 27 Jan 10

ade1200 says...

"I suppose this means if I turned up with a couple of million quid I could call it the Brighton Edmond Community Academy?" Yes, but your two little cherubs would be in a nice posh private school and you would give as much of a toss about it as Mr Aldridge does. The moral of the story is stop moaning about trivialities and get out and make a success of your life.
"I suppose this means if I turned up with a couple of million quid I could call it the Brighton Edmond Community Academy?" Yes, but your two little cherubs would be in a nice posh private school and you would give as much of a toss about it as Mr Aldridge does. The moral of the story is stop moaning about trivialities and get out and make a success of your life. ade1200
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2:02pm Wed 27 Jan 10

LB says...

I'll think of the Archers every time I drive past.
I'll think of the Archers every time I drive past. LB
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2:13pm Wed 27 Jan 10

brightonneil says...

I was at Falmer's Finest last night and saw the pride the pupils had in everything that they had achieved individually and collectively.I chose to send my children to Falmer although i am not in the catchment area as i see it as a school that gives each pupil the chance to achieve as much as they personally can , not just the pupils who are going to get 10 A*s when they sit their gcses and i dont believe that whatever the school is called will make a scrap of difference to the pupils or staff who will always try their best.
I was at Falmer's Finest last night and saw the pride the pupils had in everything that they had achieved individually and collectively.I chose to send my children to Falmer although i am not in the catchment area as i see it as a school that gives each pupil the chance to achieve as much as they personally can , not just the pupils who are going to get 10 A*s when they sit their gcses and i dont believe that whatever the school is called will make a scrap of difference to the pupils or staff who will always try their best. brightonneil
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2:21pm Wed 27 Jan 10

Mr Pickwick says...

Every modern college and a lot of the old ones at Oxford and Cambridge is named after the person who endowed it and the people who go to them are proud to do so. Rod Aldridge has dipped deep into his pockets to set this up, so if he wants a bit of vanity in return, that should be fine. All the pupils now have to do is work hard and make successes of their lives. Let's hope that one or two of them in future years remember their benefactor and go on to endow their own places of learning.
Every modern college and a lot of the old ones at Oxford and Cambridge is named after the person who endowed it and the people who go to them are proud to do so. Rod Aldridge has dipped deep into his pockets to set this up, so if he wants a bit of vanity in return, that should be fine. All the pupils now have to do is work hard and make successes of their lives. Let's hope that one or two of them in future years remember their benefactor and go on to endow their own places of learning. Mr Pickwick
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3:20pm Wed 27 Jan 10

Charismatic Andrew says...

I would have gone for the Rod Aldridge Falmer Academy - Brighton's Exclusive New Information Technology Education Zone.

Or RAFA-BENITEZ for short.
I would have gone for the Rod Aldridge Falmer Academy - Brighton's Exclusive New Information Technology Education Zone. Or RAFA-BENITEZ for short. Charismatic Andrew
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3:38pm Wed 27 Jan 10

ceegriffin says...

LB wrote:
I'll think of the Archers every time I drive past.
****, you beat me to it!
[quote][p][bold]LB[/bold] wrote: I'll think of the Archers every time I drive past.[/p][/quote]****, you beat me to it! ceegriffin
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3:43pm Wed 27 Jan 10

Jerry Only says...

Mr Pickwick wrote:
Every modern college and a lot of the old ones at Oxford and Cambridge is named after the person who endowed it and the people who go to them are proud to do so. Rod Aldridge has dipped deep into his pockets to set this up, so if he wants a bit of vanity in return, that should be fine. All the pupils now have to do is work hard and make successes of their lives. Let's hope that one or two of them in future years remember their benefactor and go on to endow their own places of learning.
...And at the same time has brought unending, unnecessary disruption to learning, destroyed morale and jobs of those hard-working staff and is selling off the futures of the children for his sake. Let's hope that one or two of them in future years will put the common good before plastering their own face on a business proposal and endless scratching for self-aggradisement. Instead of another failed initiative, we should have invested more in the increasing success of Falmer High School.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Pickwick[/bold] wrote: Every modern college and a lot of the old ones at Oxford and Cambridge is named after the person who endowed it and the people who go to them are proud to do so. Rod Aldridge has dipped deep into his pockets to set this up, so if he wants a bit of vanity in return, that should be fine. All the pupils now have to do is work hard and make successes of their lives. Let's hope that one or two of them in future years remember their benefactor and go on to endow their own places of learning.[/p][/quote]...And at the same time has brought unending, unnecessary disruption to learning, destroyed morale and jobs of those hard-working staff and is selling off the futures of the children for his sake. Let's hope that one or two of them in future years will put the common good before plastering their own face on a business proposal and endless scratching for self-aggradisement. Instead of another failed initiative, we should have invested more in the increasing success of Falmer High School. Jerry Only
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5:59pm Wed 27 Jan 10

Mr Pickwick says...

Jerry Only wrote:
Mr Pickwick wrote:
Every modern college and a lot of the old ones at Oxford and Cambridge is named after the person who endowed it and the people who go to them are proud to do so. Rod Aldridge has dipped deep into his pockets to set this up, so if he wants a bit of vanity in return, that should be fine. All the pupils now have to do is work hard and make successes of their lives. Let's hope that one or two of them in future years remember their benefactor and go on to endow their own places of learning.
...And at the same time has brought unending, unnecessary disruption to learning, destroyed morale and jobs of those hard-working staff and is selling off the futures of the children for his sake. Let's hope that one or two of them in future years will put the common good before plastering their own face on a business proposal and endless scratching for self-aggradisement. Instead of another failed initiative, we should have invested more in the increasing success of Falmer High School.
Er, hang on. Man shoves in a bucketload of cash into a school and this has brought "unending, unnecessary disruption to learning, destroyed morale and jobs of those hard-working staff and is selling off the futures of the children for his sake"? Am I missing something? I certainly don't understand the argument. Anything else you'd like to see not get extra funding or is it just this one man you don't like?
[quote][p][bold]Jerry Only[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Pickwick[/bold] wrote: Every modern college and a lot of the old ones at Oxford and Cambridge is named after the person who endowed it and the people who go to them are proud to do so. Rod Aldridge has dipped deep into his pockets to set this up, so if he wants a bit of vanity in return, that should be fine. All the pupils now have to do is work hard and make successes of their lives. Let's hope that one or two of them in future years remember their benefactor and go on to endow their own places of learning.[/p][/quote]...And at the same time has brought unending, unnecessary disruption to learning, destroyed morale and jobs of those hard-working staff and is selling off the futures of the children for his sake. Let's hope that one or two of them in future years will put the common good before plastering their own face on a business proposal and endless scratching for self-aggradisement. Instead of another failed initiative, we should have invested more in the increasing success of Falmer High School.[/p][/quote]Er, hang on. Man shoves in a bucketload of cash into a school and this has brought "unending, unnecessary disruption to learning, destroyed morale and jobs of those hard-working staff and is selling off the futures of the children for his sake"? Am I missing something? I certainly don't understand the argument. Anything else you'd like to see not get extra funding or is it just this one man you don't like? Mr Pickwick
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6:22pm Wed 27 Jan 10

Gaz the great says...

Surely as long as the childrens education in not affected, who cares what it is called. Seagull school (as the new ground will be nearby) sounds nearly as bad but would have represented both a new dawn for the school & the team. Yes i am only joking!
Surely as long as the childrens education in not affected, who cares what it is called. Seagull school (as the new ground will be nearby) sounds nearly as bad but would have represented both a new dawn for the school & the team. Yes i am only joking! Gaz the great
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6:33pm Wed 27 Jan 10

davyboy says...

if someone has the gumption to put in £2million, i think he is entitled to his name in the title. however, names don't make a school, the staff and pupils do.
if someone has the gumption to put in £2million, i think he is entitled to his name in the title. however, names don't make a school, the staff and pupils do. davyboy
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7:41pm Wed 27 Jan 10

TheInsider says...

How self-congratulatory and grandiose naming schools after onself because one has the money, and therefore the power to do so. It's usually an honour bestowed upon the late and great leaders of a community, or those who have results which merit such an honour, not handed to someone because of a financial investment. This is the education system not football. If you want your name on something, buy a football club and stadium. Crystal Palace is on offer. This self-indulgent display is like the benefactor system of centuries past when the wealthy sponsored the poor and the divisions of social status were made visible.
Your first lesson in modern society is that you need to be a little humble Mr Aldridge, the second is you should try asking the locals what they want and third, please use your business expertise and contacts to create jobs in East Brighton.
My school report for Mr Aldridge so far is that he must try harder.
How self-congratulatory and grandiose naming schools after onself because one has the money, and therefore the power to do so. It's usually an honour bestowed upon the late and great leaders of a community, or those who have results which merit such an honour, not handed to someone because of a financial investment. This is the education system not football. If you want your name on something, buy a football club and stadium. Crystal Palace is on offer. This self-indulgent display is like the benefactor system of centuries past when the wealthy sponsored the poor and the divisions of social status were made visible. Your first lesson in modern society is that you need to be a little humble Mr Aldridge, the second is you should try asking the locals what they want and third, please use your business expertise and contacts to create jobs in East Brighton. My school report for Mr Aldridge so far is that he must try harder. TheInsider
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8:02pm Wed 27 Jan 10

pun master says...

davyboy wrote:
if someone has the gumption to put in £2million, i think he is entitled to his name in the title. however, names don't make a school, the staff and pupils do.
Errr it's his foundation, not him personally, you'll probably find there are some nice tax breaks to be had by doing this and great publicity/honours to be bestowed... The academy programme has not yet been proven to be any better, PFI schemes are notoriously self-rewarding for those involved, so forgive me for remaining cynical. I genuinely hope for the sake of the students that I end up completely wrong...
[quote][p][bold]davyboy[/bold] wrote: if someone has the gumption to put in £2million, i think he is entitled to his name in the title. however, names don't make a school, the staff and pupils do.[/p][/quote]Errr it's his foundation, not him personally, you'll probably find there are some nice tax breaks to be had by doing this and great publicity/honours to be bestowed... The academy programme has not yet been proven to be any better, PFI schemes are notoriously self-rewarding for those involved, so forgive me for remaining cynical. I genuinely hope for the sake of the students that I end up completely wrong... pun master
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9:25pm Wed 27 Jan 10

stan bailey says...

Where does the football stadium, owned by a man who made his money from on line gambling fit into this story?
Where does the football stadium, owned by a man who made his money from on line gambling fit into this story? stan bailey
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9:44am Thu 28 Jan 10

Christophe Hawtree says...

It will become known as the All Drudge school.

Strange, this privatisation of schools. if, as supporters claim this is good for a school, then one school is being set above others....
It will become known as the All Drudge school. Strange, this privatisation of schools. if, as supporters claim this is good for a school, then one school is being set above others.... Christophe Hawtree
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10:28am Thu 28 Jan 10

Jerry Only says...

Mr Pickwick wrote:
Jerry Only wrote:
Mr Pickwick wrote:
Every modern college and a lot of the old ones at Oxford and Cambridge is named after the person who endowed it and the people who go to them are proud to do so. Rod Aldridge has dipped deep into his pockets to set this up, so if he wants a bit of vanity in return, that should be fine. All the pupils now have to do is work hard and make successes of their lives. Let's hope that one or two of them in future years remember their benefactor and go on to endow their own places of learning.
...And at the same time has brought unending, unnecessary disruption to learning, destroyed morale and jobs of those hard-working staff and is selling off the futures of the children for his sake. Let's hope that one or two of them in future years will put the common good before plastering their own face on a business proposal and endless scratching for self-aggradisement. Instead of another failed initiative, we should have invested more in the increasing success of Falmer High School.
Er, hang on. Man shoves in a bucketload of cash into a school and this has brought "unending, unnecessary disruption to learning, destroyed morale and jobs of those hard-working staff and is selling off the futures of the children for his sake"? Am I missing something? I certainly don't understand the argument. Anything else you'd like to see not get extra funding or is it just this one man you don't like?
He shoved a bucketload of cash into building his own academy and NOT into Falmer High School. If he had wanted to support a worthy cause he could have saved some lives and donated to the Red Cross. He could have invested in the current establishment also and left well enough alone. He wants his name in lights instead and Falmer High School is a building site for the next few years whilst this uninspiring initiative is birthed. I can't imagine how the students will cope in the mean time whilst their education is being ridden roughshod over. We can agree on something then, you do indeed have no understanding. :)
[quote][p][bold]Mr Pickwick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jerry Only[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Pickwick[/bold] wrote: Every modern college and a lot of the old ones at Oxford and Cambridge is named after the person who endowed it and the people who go to them are proud to do so. Rod Aldridge has dipped deep into his pockets to set this up, so if he wants a bit of vanity in return, that should be fine. All the pupils now have to do is work hard and make successes of their lives. Let's hope that one or two of them in future years remember their benefactor and go on to endow their own places of learning.[/p][/quote]...And at the same time has brought unending, unnecessary disruption to learning, destroyed morale and jobs of those hard-working staff and is selling off the futures of the children for his sake. Let's hope that one or two of them in future years will put the common good before plastering their own face on a business proposal and endless scratching for self-aggradisement. Instead of another failed initiative, we should have invested more in the increasing success of Falmer High School.[/p][/quote]Er, hang on. Man shoves in a bucketload of cash into a school and this has brought "unending, unnecessary disruption to learning, destroyed morale and jobs of those hard-working staff and is selling off the futures of the children for his sake"? Am I missing something? I certainly don't understand the argument. Anything else you'd like to see not get extra funding or is it just this one man you don't like?[/p][/quote]He shoved a bucketload of cash into building his own academy and NOT into Falmer High School. If he had wanted to support a worthy cause he could have saved some lives and donated to the Red Cross. He could have invested in the current establishment also and left well enough alone. He wants his name in lights instead and Falmer High School is a building site for the next few years whilst this uninspiring initiative is birthed. I can't imagine how the students will cope in the mean time whilst their education is being ridden roughshod over. We can agree on something then, you do indeed have no understanding. :) Jerry Only
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10:50am Thu 28 Jan 10

Mr Pickwick says...

Jerry Only wrote:
Mr Pickwick wrote:
Jerry Only wrote:
Mr Pickwick wrote:
Every modern college and a lot of the old ones at Oxford and Cambridge is named after the person who endowed it and the people who go to them are proud to do so. Rod Aldridge has dipped deep into his pockets to set this up, so if he wants a bit of vanity in return, that should be fine. All the pupils now have to do is work hard and make successes of their lives. Let's hope that one or two of them in future years remember their benefactor and go on to endow their own places of learning.
...And at the same time has brought unending, unnecessary disruption to learning, destroyed morale and jobs of those hard-working staff and is selling off the futures of the children for his sake. Let's hope that one or two of them in future years will put the common good before plastering their own face on a business proposal and endless scratching for self-aggradisement. Instead of another failed initiative, we should have invested more in the increasing success of Falmer High School.
Er, hang on. Man shoves in a bucketload of cash into a school and this has brought "unending, unnecessary disruption to learning, destroyed morale and jobs of those hard-working staff and is selling off the futures of the children for his sake"? Am I missing something? I certainly don't understand the argument. Anything else you'd like to see not get extra funding or is it just this one man you don't like?
He shoved a bucketload of cash into building his own academy and NOT into Falmer High School. If he had wanted to support a worthy cause he could have saved some lives and donated to the Red Cross. He could have invested in the current establishment also and left well enough alone. He wants his name in lights instead and Falmer High School is a building site for the next few years whilst this uninspiring initiative is birthed. I can't imagine how the students will cope in the mean time whilst their education is being ridden roughshod over. We can agree on something then, you do indeed have no understanding. :)
I understand now. By your argument, there would never be any investment in school infrastructure because building works would be disruptive. That's the multi-billion pound Building Schools for the Future policy stuffed, then, and generations condemned to crumbling buildings and rubbish IT.
[quote][p][bold]Jerry Only[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Pickwick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jerry Only[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Pickwick[/bold] wrote: Every modern college and a lot of the old ones at Oxford and Cambridge is named after the person who endowed it and the people who go to them are proud to do so. Rod Aldridge has dipped deep into his pockets to set this up, so if he wants a bit of vanity in return, that should be fine. All the pupils now have to do is work hard and make successes of their lives. Let's hope that one or two of them in future years remember their benefactor and go on to endow their own places of learning.[/p][/quote]...And at the same time has brought unending, unnecessary disruption to learning, destroyed morale and jobs of those hard-working staff and is selling off the futures of the children for his sake. Let's hope that one or two of them in future years will put the common good before plastering their own face on a business proposal and endless scratching for self-aggradisement. Instead of another failed initiative, we should have invested more in the increasing success of Falmer High School.[/p][/quote]Er, hang on. Man shoves in a bucketload of cash into a school and this has brought "unending, unnecessary disruption to learning, destroyed morale and jobs of those hard-working staff and is selling off the futures of the children for his sake"? Am I missing something? I certainly don't understand the argument. Anything else you'd like to see not get extra funding or is it just this one man you don't like?[/p][/quote]He shoved a bucketload of cash into building his own academy and NOT into Falmer High School. If he had wanted to support a worthy cause he could have saved some lives and donated to the Red Cross. He could have invested in the current establishment also and left well enough alone. He wants his name in lights instead and Falmer High School is a building site for the next few years whilst this uninspiring initiative is birthed. I can't imagine how the students will cope in the mean time whilst their education is being ridden roughshod over. We can agree on something then, you do indeed have no understanding. :)[/p][/quote]I understand now. By your argument, there would never be any investment in school infrastructure because building works would be disruptive. That's the multi-billion pound Building Schools for the Future policy stuffed, then, and generations condemned to crumbling buildings and rubbish IT. Mr Pickwick
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6:01pm Thu 28 Jan 10

Gaz the great says...

stan bailey wrote:
Where does the football stadium, owned by a man who made his money from on line gambling fit into this story?
Stan, you should have read my comment more carefully. At the end it states "I'm only joking". It was a lighthearted response to everybody getting all worked up about a school name change. There are at least 100 more important items that occur everyday in both the local & national newspapers. Yet another story about nothing.
[quote][p][bold]stan bailey[/bold] wrote: Where does the football stadium, owned by a man who made his money from on line gambling fit into this story?[/p][/quote]Stan, you should have read my comment more carefully. At the end it states "I'm only joking". It was a lighthearted response to everybody getting all worked up about a school name change. There are at least 100 more important items that occur everyday in both the local & national newspapers. Yet another story about nothing. Gaz the great
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7:10pm Thu 28 Jan 10

TheInsider says...

Gaz the great, the name change is really a side issue to a much more serious aspect to this subject. This is really about the failure of a Labour Govt to fund state education and make the changes it promised to deprived areas. It has continually handed over Govt responsibilities to private investors and PFI agreements which have left schools and education authorities tied up into some shocking money making contracts and now we have business people getting involved in the direct provision of education services.
The local people would rather Mr Aldridge use his business expertise and contacts to set up job opportunities. The school and the teachers already do a fantastic job, but you can have the best education in the world but it's useless if there are no employment opportunities.
eb4u pumped almost £50 million into the area and at one time a head teacher from a private school was parachuted into Stanley Deason (Comart) and a multi-thousand pound IT suite was built, yet still the school closed.
While this was going on, all the local people wanted were jobs and job training, but no-one ever listens to the local people.
Stop meddling in services which are fine and create jobs Mr Aldridge. You have contacts with one of the country's most successful organisations.
Please listen.
Gaz the great, the name change is really a side issue to a much more serious aspect to this subject. This is really about the failure of a Labour Govt to fund state education and make the changes it promised to deprived areas. It has continually handed over Govt responsibilities to private investors and PFI agreements which have left schools and education authorities tied up into some shocking money making contracts and now we have business people getting involved in the direct provision of education services. The local people would rather Mr Aldridge use his business expertise and contacts to set up job opportunities. The school and the teachers already do a fantastic job, but you can have the best education in the world but it's useless if there are no employment opportunities. eb4u pumped almost £50 million into the area and at one time a head teacher from a private school was parachuted into Stanley Deason (Comart) and a multi-thousand pound IT suite was built, yet still the school closed. While this was going on, all the local people wanted were jobs and job training, but no-one ever listens to the local people. Stop meddling in services which are fine and create jobs Mr Aldridge. You have contacts with one of the country's most successful organisations. Please listen. TheInsider
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4:40pm Fri 29 Jan 10

Gaz the great says...

TheInsider, I totally agree with your reply, PFI would be on my list of the 100 items, add to that Hospitals, Public transport, Roads, Public finance, Councils ect, the list is endless.
TheInsider, I totally agree with your reply, PFI would be on my list of the 100 items, add to that Hospitals, Public transport, Roads, Public finance, Councils ect, the list is endless. Gaz the great
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