I wonder how staff at King Ethelbert's School in Westgate (an 'outstanding' school) viewed the public relations blitz last week of Hartsdown's Principal to celebrate his school's 'good' rating from Ofsted inspectors? With almost full page coverage, I was expecting to read about an 'outstanding' report by Ofsted not just a 'good'. I felt quite let down. In today's world it is just not good enough to be 'outstanding' unless the whole world is told about it. Full marks to Hartsdown for a PR job well done.
In Westgate, however, The Ursuline College has more problems to think about, according to our Gazette. It does seem odd that an Ofsted Report of 'good' in May 2007 did not discover an impending financial problem. It is even stranger that one of our schools has to pay from its educational funding to make the turn into its site 'safer' by paying KCC 'Roads' a great deal of money from KCC 'Education' in order to build a 'turn' off Canterbury Road.
The sooner the mess is sorted out the better, so that Westgate can enjoy 'community use' of a splendid Sports Hall and the pupils at Ursuline can continue to use it. If TDC can look the 'other way' in regard to Planning when it comes to its ghastly fences sprouting up all over Thanet, then I am sure KCC can do likewise until there are enough 'groats' in The Ursuline funds to pay for a turn.