Well it came to pass that the brand spanking new board of governors of St Bede’s College in Manchester enthused by their obvious massive success stories itemised in my last blog had their update meeting with all parents of both Prep and Senior school at the College last evening, the 2nd July 2014.
It was a well managed affair with hardly any news of it on the website, it would take an intrepid website warrior to find any detail of the show but that is probably how they wanted it. The fewer parents the better to update, less chance in a small group of rebellion. While we are on the subject of the website I think a little subterfuge has been used. Plastered all over Bede’s site is markers pointing to the ISI Report. When you click on one of these the 2007 ISI report flashes up, all hale and hearty, with Byrne on the bridge, ably assisted by Hales in the Prep but as we know a lot of water has flowed by in seven years, then there was 1152 pupils, now only 772 with 215 of these in the prep. Try as I could I was not able to find the damning and most recent ISI report of late 2013 where amongst other things the enthusiastic and self-called successful governing body were slammed for their lack of good governance.
Some might think that this recent report cover-up was a little piece of legerdemain on the part of the powers that be at Bede’s but I prefer to think it was my clumsiness in matters computorial that was not able to detect said recent report.
Anyway to get back to the update meeting to show the parents all the successes by the Board in the last year. My roving reporter was there and in fact acted as car park attendant in the playground. He counted about 70 cars in attendence mostly single driver occupancy, deduct say 10 cars for the Governors and we had about 60 cars or about 70 parents turning up. As I said before there are approximately 770 pupils at the school and taking into account one parent families and brothers and sisters, because many a Catholic boy and girl has only one parent in this day and age, and there are bound to be a few sibling combos, you would expect about 1200 parents to be available for this very important meeting especially with the old head gone and a play actor about to take his place. But for only about just over 5% of eligibles to be present smacks of something or other.
We know the timing was wrong, 6.00pm being rather early for anybody who works, but they turn up in scores for parent/teacher nights. No, I think the fault lies not with the successful and enthusiastic Board of Governors but with the lightheaded parents. They are all punch drunk with all the hits they have received in the last three years from the same successful governors or they are totally apathetic to the antics of governance. They have paid their money and they have taken their chance, if it ain’t worked out, just too bad, but at least it got the kids out of their hair for a quarter of the year while they relaxed drank wine and earned a few sponduliks.
I wonder what the update on the Board’s successes were I would love somebody to tell me and perhaps they will in the fulness of time. No new head has been officially announced but we all know the situation there. You cannot pluck a person out of thin air in the space of a few weeks without a little bit of jiggery pokery and that is why that situation is a little tenuous. It might have been announced but surely that is not a success but on second thoughts probably persuading somebody to accept the poisoned chalice that is St Bede’s is a success. There has been no others.
We await with patience for the news to break.