Here is an extract of an email she sent to lots of schools in the Stoke by Nayland area:
The Seckford Foundation who are behind the Stoke by Nayland proposal have already claimed not to know her and now Cllr Graham Newman has said that he doesn't know her either giving this somewhat curious answer:
I cannot control the e-mail communications I receive from people and unfortunately the sender of an e-mail, or the creator of a blog, can call themselves anything they wish. I have not met or spoken with the said "Margaret Read".
I attended the meeting at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club on 21st February, and actually asked to be introduced to her, without success.He later gave more details about what happened at the Golf Club meeting telling me that:
When I asked a member of the parent group at the subsequent Stoke by Nayland meeting to be introduced to her, I was told she was not known to the group. This doesn't mean she doesn't exist.
I have never written to any school to endorse her communication.Newman attached a spreadsheet to his email of GCSE results for Suffolk with the Great Cornard and Sudbury Upper School results highlighted. He adds the comment:
Might I draw your attention to the attached spreadsheet, which perhaps suggests from where people get their idea that something needs to change... Look at row 31 and row 41.But when these same results were first published Newman told the EADT:
“The schools organisation review is one of the things we are doing which will change the education in the county for the better. We want to do that and know that this time there has been 3% less achievement in the three tier schools than in two tier.”So if something needs to change it is Newman's own view that the something is a move to two tier. Or maybe Newman doesn't believe his own policy any longer? After all most of the free school proposers are actively opposed to the move to two tier and are wanting to "save the middle schools" the very things Newman wants to see closed to improve standards!
|Click to Enlarge - the GCSE results spreadsheet sent by Cllr Newman|
The full sheet can be downloaded here as a PDF
As I reported earlier as soon as I emailed her for a comment the email her Yahoo mail address suddenly vanished. All very mysterious. It seems to be something quite common in free school proposals for those proposing the schools to appear to want to conceal their identities. I have no idea why.
This person has been emailing schools and asking them to circulate information but neither Cllr Newman nor the Seckford Foundation seem to see any problem with this nor do either appear to have taken any steps to confirm her identity. Newman states:
I don't see how or why I, SCC or anybody else, should prevent members or supporters of any Free School group campaigning to attract parents to their proposals. It is equally impossible to prevent people hiding behind the anonymity afforded by the internet from making statements which appear to imply my support for their actions. It should be borne in mind that, for all the free school proposals in Suffolk, there appear to be solid bodies of parental support (which obviously vary numerically) and they have a right to their opinions.
So if anyone does know who Margaret Read is please can you contact me. I am beginning to wonder if she actually exists!