Michael Gove comes to Woodside High

Secretary of State, Michael Gove, came to Woodside High yesterday morning to officially open the new block. Interestingly, when I was there a few months ago answering children’s questions about life and politics – the Head (Joan McVitie)  told me that Michael had actually come and spent a whole day there a couple of years ago – before his current role. He had wanted to spend time in a school that had the sort of challenges Woodside had – huge diversity, challenging home backgrounds, poor results and so on.

So today was a real celebration of the huge achievements that have been attained by Woodside. I meet many people in my role – and every once in a while there’s one who stands out a mile. Joan McVitie, Head of Woodside High, is one such.

Joan has taken this school from being very low in spirits and results – really struggling – to this last year getting the fourth best results in the borough – and that is really an incredible and inspiring example that demonstrates that there is no school and no pupil who cannot achieve.

The new block is just fantastic – light and airy and beautifully equipped – a real boost or reward for all the hard work that Joan, the Governors,the teachers and pupils have put in to make such leaps and bounds in terms of progress.


0 thoughts on “Michael Gove comes to Woodside High

  1. Didn’t Michael also go to Highfurlong School and recently promise they would get money for improvements? Can you chase him up on that please?

  2. Isn’t it interesting how the LibDems are destroying the English language. The way they use the word “progressive”, for example. “Progressive”, when used in relation to tax, means a tax which hits people on higher incomes relatively more than those on lower incomes. LibDems, however, now use the word – when talking about tax – to mean “which we think is a good thing”.
    Another example of the LibDems’ destruction of the English language is the word “pledge”. Traditionally a pledge is a promise, a commitment to a particular course of action. In LibDem-speak, a “pledge” is something you say to get elected and, once in power, feel free to ditch.
    One further example: the LibDems like to talk about the “new politics”. In the mouth of a LibDem, this means “the old politics of lying and deception, which when we do it, is somehow exciting and groundbreaking”. I wonder if anyone has noticed any more examples of LibDem-speak?

  3. Great to see that one of our schools is on the up but can you tell us where the money came from? Hopefully not at the expense of books and equipment.

  4. I live and work in Haringey and have worked in the field of education for over 30 years. This may make me seem like a lobbyist but I am not. I have had a lot of time for Ms Featherstone in the past as she had directly addressed issues I raised as one of her constituents. I voted for her in the last election but I will not be doing that again. The recent debate on amendments to the abolishing of the School Sports Partnership – rejected by Ms Featherstone -in the vote see the proposal and the voting record here – http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2010-11-30&number=133&display=allpossible show that most MPs are entirely out of touch with what is happening in school sporting facilites in this country at local level. The School Sports Partnership was an excellent infrastructure as anyone, anyone at schools level will tell you – it has been dismantled because the political classes just do not listen to reasoned argument – not by teachers, not by world class experts, not by olympic athletes. No wonder the students are taking to the streets. This should never have been allowed to happen. If I were to begin to list the number of other faux paxs Michael Gove is making it would take up far more room. It seems all that matters is keeping the line in the coalition rather than thinking about the social implications. My vote and thousands of others has been lost because of this.

  5. My favourite Michael Gove moment came a week or so ago when he was on the news, talking in a school, and his tie was right next to a lit Bunsen Burner. If only there was some justice in the world….

  6. You make me sick, Lynne.
    Another week, another fistful of broken promises.
    Can you please tell me why you voted to completely cut School Sports funding? How do you sleep at night, Lynne? How can you look at yourself in the mirror?
    You are a disgrace.

  7. Plans to force businesses to disclose the pay gap between male and female employees in Britain have been abandoned by the coalition government, in a reversal of a Liberal Democrat manifesto pledge.

    Instead, businesses will be expected to reduce the pay gap, which is one of the biggest in Europe, by voluntary means. This will be part of a new strategy under which the government department dedicated to equalities will lose its independence and be brought into the Home Office.

    The decision was criticised by equalities campaigners, who called it a huge disappointment and accused the government of watering down an already weak proposal on tackling equal pay.

    In an interview with the Guardian to unveil the strategy, equalities minister Lynne Featherstone explained her own change of heart on the issue by saying: “Right at this moment of financial peril to the nation is perhaps not the moment to introduce mandatory pay audits.”

    Just two years ago, the Liberal Democrat MP backed mandatory measures, saying: “A voluntary audit system for private industry is hardly worth the paper it’s printed on. We need to know when the government actually plans to step in if progress isn’t made.”

    The Liberal Democrat manifesto pledged to introduce fair-pay audits for all but the smallest companies.

    Today Featherstone said: “It was a different world two years ago – financially and in terms of pressures on business. We are in a completely new landscape now … Much more of partnership working, no longer government dictates, this is absolutely the time to make voluntary pay-reporting work.”

    Asked whether the U-turn compared with the government’s controversial decision to abandon the Lib Dems’ manifesto pledge on tuition fees, she said: “You can go back to everything pre-election and say, Liberal Democrats said this and Liberal Democrats said that. Of course, had we won the election there might be a slightly different angle on this. In coalition we agreed this is the way forward.”

  8. Sadly 60-80% of the students at this school will be deterred from applying to university, should the fee increase and funding cuts be implemented tomorrow. If you care at all for the young people of our constituency, please don’t betray them by allowing for the first step towards privatization of our universities and removing the life line for sixth formers that is EMA. “Free to be young”?