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  Teacher contributes to valour volume
Seventeen heads of independent schools attended No 10 Downing Street for a two hour ‘round-table’ discussion with Damian Hinds, the Secretary
of State for Education, Lord Agnew the Independent Schools’ Minister, members of the Department for Education and Policy Advisors to the Prime Minister. The meeting was
called in order for Government Education officials to hear
about the characteristics of successful partnerships, and to consider how the DfE might help.
The Head of the No 10 Policy Unit has recognised that,
as independent education providers, independent schools are often more than just schools and actively contribute to the community.
Jeremy Gladwin, Headmaster
of Bishop’s Stortford College, Hertfordshire, was among the attendees. The Secretary of State was particularly complimentary about the Bishop’s Stortford Educational Trust (BSET), set
up four years ago of which the College is a founding member, as a vehicle to support the children of Bishop’s Stortford.
BSET is a State/Independent partnership of equals between the College, Bishop’s Stortford High School, Birchwood, Hockerill, Leventhorpe and
St Mary’s, together with representatives of the local consortium of Primary Heads, where all parties benefit from mutual cooperation and support.
Mr Gladwin, pictured, said, “I was very proud to represent BSET and have shared with the Secretary of State the good work going on between our local schools. The Department for Education are excited by what we are doing together, here in Bishop’s Stortford, and will be sharing our model with other schools in other towns across the country as an example
of good practice in State/ Independent cooperation. He recognises us as a group of Head
teachers who are all determined to work together for the good of all member schools.”
Mr Gladwin said: “I have encouraged the Secretary of State to meet further with my state school counterparts to hear at first-hand about the benefits of our cooperative model to include Initial Teacher Training, the Continuing Professional Development of
our staff and the opportunities for working together with a Multi Academy Trust model at the heart of future planning. The Department for Education responded that they would try to achieve such a meeting in the near future.”
The College will continue
to work closely with the Department for Education to produce a model of partnership work that can be replicated across the country and to encourage all schools, of whatever type, to work together in the best interests of and for the education of children.
Paul Garlington, senior teacher
of History at St. Mary’s Hall
and Stonyhurst College and a recognised and published northwest- based English Battlefield Historian, has contributed to a compilation of stories in support of various military charities.
The book ‘On Courage’, published by the Sebastopol Project, is a collection of 28 moving and inspirational stories of valour displayed by recipients of the Victoria Cross (VC) and George Cross (GC). Each story is introduced by
a public figure from Bear Grylls, Frank Bruno, Joanna Lumley and Sir Bobby Charlton, to John Simpson, Dame Kelly Holmes and the late Sir Ken Dodd.
These incredible accounts have been written by established historians and authors – Tom Bromley, Saul David, James Holland and Dr. Spencer Jones, as well as by Paul Garlington.
The book was launched at the National Army Museum in London where Johnson Beharry VC, Kate Adie, and Baroness Hale and several recipients of the Victoria
Cross and George Cross were also in attendance.
Garlington wrote about the first Victoria Cross recipient of World War 1, Maurice Dease, an officer in the Royal Fusiliers, who is also an “OS” (old-Stonyhurst), a former pupil of Stonyhurst College. “Maurice was
a true hero in every sense of the word. He was a normal chap who was thrown into an extraordinary circumstance and then showed exceptional courage! He was only
24 years old, and a lieutenant in the 4th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers, and was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 23 August 1914, at Mons, Belgium.”
Garlington promises that Maurice will be remembered in the book and says it was “humbling and an honour to remember such a courageous young man in whose footsteps I tread every day and out on the battlefield when I am on tour.”
Copies of the book can be purchased through local and online Waterstones book stores ( or through the online retailer Amazon ( OnCourageAmazon).
Heads called to Number 10
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