Education secretary will intervene in future of Harperbury Free School in Radlett

Michael Gove

Michael Gove

First published in News
Last updated
Borehamwood Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

The Secretary of State for Education has promised he will personally intervene to help decide the future of a free school.

MP for Hertsmere James Clappison yesterday told parents who had applied to Harperbury Free School that Michael Gove had given these reassurances at a meeting earlier that day. 

The school was due to open in the former Harperbury Hospital in Harpers Lane, Radlett, in September.

However schools’ minister Lord Nash announced last week the Department for Education had failed to secure the site in time, meaning its opening would be delayed for a year.

Speaking at the meeting in Shenley Park Chapel in Shenley, Mr Clappison said: “Michael Gove said Lord Nash was a junior minister with no experience in education.

“He has agreed to take this on himself and take a look at whether the school can go ahead at the Harperbury site in September.

“Mr Gove has also promised to meet a delegation from the school”

Mr Clappison said there were no guarantees Mr Gove would ensure the school would open as planned, but the fact he was prepared to intervene showed it was “going up a level”.

The headteacher of the future school Martin Blain said Mr Gove’s promise was a “ray of hope”.

He added: “With Michael Gove intervening there is a chance we shall get what we want which is to have our school open in 2014.

“This meeting shows enough people care about this school and will fight to have it opened as planned.”

Comments (6)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:05am Fri 28 Feb 14

John_W says...

Anyone who thinks Michael Gove intervening is a good thing has never worked in education.
Anyone who thinks Michael Gove intervening is a good thing has never worked in education. John_W
  • Score: 6

9:04am Fri 28 Feb 14

TFEB says...

Michael Gove is excellent wanting teachers to put children first and trying to get rid of the one style fits all education dogma that has ruined state education in this country.
Michael Gove is excellent wanting teachers to put children first and trying to get rid of the one style fits all education dogma that has ruined state education in this country. TFEB
  • Score: -3

2:19pm Fri 28 Feb 14

scovill says...

Good point John W ! and anyone who works in education knows what a total idiot this guy is !!!!
Good point John W ! and anyone who works in education knows what a total idiot this guy is !!!! scovill
  • Score: 0

2:28pm Fri 28 Feb 14

TFEB says...

Let's hope the new school is free from the troublesome types from the NUT and NASUWT.
Let's hope the new school is free from the troublesome types from the NUT and NASUWT. TFEB
  • Score: -4

12:14pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Reader (R) says...

TFEB wrote:
Let's hope the new school is free from the troublesome types from the NUT and NASUWT.
Well it can employ "teachers" who aren't qualified so it follows that they won't be members of any accredited body.

Personally I would rather have children taught by professionally trained teachers.
[quote][p][bold]TFEB[/bold] wrote: Let's hope the new school is free from the troublesome types from the NUT and NASUWT.[/p][/quote]Well it can employ "teachers" who aren't qualified so it follows that they won't be members of any accredited body. Personally I would rather have children taught by professionally trained teachers. Reader (R)
  • Score: 4

8:50pm Sat 1 Mar 14

John_W says...

TFEB wrote:
Let's hope the new school is free from the troublesome types from the NUT and NASUWT.
Better them than "pushy" parents ;)
Nice to see you are an expert on schools as well as roundabouts.
[quote][p][bold]TFEB[/bold] wrote: Let's hope the new school is free from the troublesome types from the NUT and NASUWT.[/p][/quote]Better them than "pushy" parents ;) Nice to see you are an expert on schools as well as roundabouts. John_W
  • Score: 3

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree