Subject: What happens to your choice of schools? - 5th February 2011
I have lived in Knebworth for many years, sending both my children to the village primary school, then on to secondary schools in Stevenage, when I was given a choice of schools. Surely, if there is a new Knebworth Secondary School, there will no longer be a choice of where your children go for their secondary education so, good school or bad school, all children from the Knebworth catchment area, will have to attend it.
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Subject: The community can only benefit from a new school - 5th February 2011
Because I care about the community and also have a school age child (not at the local school) I have looked into this proposal in some depth and with a slightly cynical approach.
If I took as gospel the "supposed" facts about the proposal I would not be in favour of the project.
However, having actually taken the time to investigate and therby be in a position to make an informed decision should I ever be asked, my view has changed somewhat.
There are SO many untruths being written about the school proposal I worry that people are being completely misled with regards to the size, location, teaching standards and the true NEED for this school.
Not only could the village children benefit from this plan but the wider community will to.
All I urge people to do is to read the facts on www.weneedaschool.org versus the fiction/innacurate, statements being quoted by the (very noisy) minority opposed to the proposal.
I am not part of the campaign but have been truly shocked by the underhand tactics of a few.
There may indeed be some minor negatives or flaws in the plan but overall the benefit to the community will far outweigh these,n my opinion. I "grilled" one of the founding group today and their attitude, passion and knowledge, combined with the desire for inclusivity and benefit to the community was commendable.
"Dirty tricks" and the spreading of incorrect and verging on libellous statements by the "NIMBYs" will not help our community in any way.
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