Speaking at the Offical Launch of the Technology College at the Clere School, Sir George praised the school for its vibrancy. "When I came a few months ago to watch the school's production of Bugsy Malone, it was one of the finest of any productions I have seen. Many congratulations to Kath Page and the team of what they did.
Against that background of commitment and excellence, it came as no surprise to me to learn that the Government had approved the school's application for technology college status. This means that the school will be able to develop its work in computers, food technology, science and maths. Pupils - and parents - will be able to access the school files from home, and there will be more money for better software and staff training."
Sir George paid tribute to the new Head, Chris Nelligan, for building on the work of his predecessor, Susan Marshall, who put together the bid. He said that, in the old days, schools were inward looking- closed to the rest of the community - and studied subjects of little relevance to the outisde world. That had all changed; curriculums were focussed on the needs of wealth-creation, education was a genuine partnership between school and parents and schools were the focal point for community activity. "The last time I came to this school was for the Burghclere and Newtown Horticultural Show"
Technology college status would allow that process to continue.