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VIDEO: Michael Gove praises Swanage School during visit

Bournemouth Echo: ‘FANTASTIC’: Education Minister Michael Gove MP talks to students at the Swanage School ‘FANTASTIC’: Education Minister Michael Gove MP talks to students at the Swanage School

EDUCATION Secretary Michael Gove has been in Dorset touring two schools to see where government money is being spent.

The secretary of state visited The Swanage School, just months after pupils started classes in their new building for the first time. He was warmly received on the Swanage campus, and told the Daily Echo he was delighted to see the school “at the heart of the community with fantastic facilities.”

Mr Gove, who championed the concept of free schools, added: “I am very encouraged. Free schools are meant to give parents choice and parents in Swanage now have the choice of a local community school and I think that's a great thing.”

South Dorset MP Richard Drax and Dorset County Councillor Bill Trite met Mr Gove, alongside school staff and members of the school's governing body yesterday morning.

Swanage School head teacher Tristram Hobson said: “Mr Gove loved our school and thought what we are doing here was really impressive. We were proud to show off what makes our school particularly distinctive.”

Mr Gove then visited Montacute School in Canford Heath, along with Mid Dorset and North Poole Prospective Parliamentary Candidate Michael Tomlinson, to see children and staff at work, and assess progress on a much-needed multi-million pound rebuild of the school.

Mr Gove praised the caring dedication of staff to pupils at the special school, many of whom have multiple complex needs, calling it “such a happy place.”

He also promised to look into the £500,000 funding gap, which the school is fundraising to fill, to cover the cost of furnishing the new building internally.

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8:37am Sat 12 Jul 14

wellsworld says...

the thought of all the arse kissing that no doubt went on makes me feel physically sick. he's a bleedin politician for gawds sake.
the thought of all the arse kissing that no doubt went on makes me feel physically sick. he's a bleedin politician for gawds sake. wellsworld
  • Score: 20

12:08pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Loonyspoon says...

What is going on in the photo?? Is he actually trying to fist bump that poor child in an inept attempt at being 'down wid da kids'? Gove, you are a socially retarded imbecile. Even the kids can see it. Lord help us.
What is going on in the photo?? Is he actually trying to fist bump that poor child in an inept attempt at being 'down wid da kids'? Gove, you are a socially retarded imbecile. Even the kids can see it. Lord help us. Loonyspoon
  • Score: 11

1:45pm Sat 12 Jul 14

PooleVoice says...

The vanity project that cost millions and added capacity in an area that already has surplus school places. Of course he came to visit.
The vanity project that cost millions and added capacity in an area that already has surplus school places. Of course he came to visit. PooleVoice
  • Score: 9

1:48pm Sat 12 Jul 14

PooleVoice says...

If you look closely he has just run that gag where you say... "Pull my finger..." And then you ****.

The boy on the right - his face gives it away.
If you look closely he has just run that gag where you say... "Pull my finger..." And then you ****. The boy on the right - his face gives it away. PooleVoice
  • Score: 3

2:07pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Old Colonial says...

Oh yes. There's an election coming up next year. Stand by for more of this sort of visit as MPs will not be working seriously in Westminster again until it's over.
Oh yes. There's an election coming up next year. Stand by for more of this sort of visit as MPs will not be working seriously in Westminster again until it's over. Old Colonial
  • Score: 4

3:03pm Sat 12 Jul 14

PaulAngel says...

Loonyspoon wrote:
What is going on in the photo?? Is he actually trying to fist bump that poor child in an inept attempt at being 'down wid da kids'? Gove, you are a socially retarded imbecile. Even the kids can see it. Lord help us.
Just FYI, the boy in the picture has a broken right arm, so offered his left hand to shake - hence the laughter. I was there when the picture was taken, but I'm not sure it would have been my first choice of photo to use as it does look a lot like the pull my finger gag!
[quote][p][bold]Loonyspoon[/bold] wrote: What is going on in the photo?? Is he actually trying to fist bump that poor child in an inept attempt at being 'down wid da kids'? Gove, you are a socially retarded imbecile. Even the kids can see it. Lord help us.[/p][/quote]Just FYI, the boy in the picture has a broken right arm, so offered his left hand to shake - hence the laughter. I was there when the picture was taken, but I'm not sure it would have been my first choice of photo to use as it does look a lot like the pull my finger gag! PaulAngel
  • Score: -2

3:49pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Watchful_Eye says...

Old Colonial wrote:
Oh yes. There's an election coming up next year. Stand by for more of this sort of visit as MPs will not be working seriously in Westminster again until it's over.
Well said!
But, every cloud has a silver lining, therefore isn't it time to ask some pertinent questions with regard to spending from the "Public Purse" and then let's see how these publicity stunts then end up! However, they must be worried if they find the need for publicity.
[quote][p][bold]Old Colonial[/bold] wrote: Oh yes. There's an election coming up next year. Stand by for more of this sort of visit as MPs will not be working seriously in Westminster again until it's over.[/p][/quote]Well said! But, every cloud has a silver lining, therefore isn't it time to ask some pertinent questions with regard to spending from the "Public Purse" and then let's see how these publicity stunts then end up! However, they must be worried if they find the need for publicity. Watchful_Eye
  • Score: 7

8:21pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Dorsetboy says...

PooleVoice wrote:
The vanity project that cost millions and added capacity in an area that already has surplus school places. Of course he came to visit.
Spot on. Everyone should also note that The Purbeck School, which the majority of Swanage secondary school pupils attend, and which has excellent facilities including a Sixth Form Centre, has made great progress under its new leadership team in recent months. The Swanage School may have been wanted by some people in Swanage - and Mr Gove has funded this accordingly - but there is absolutely no case that it was needed. A DfE appointed adjudicator confirmed this.
[quote][p][bold]PooleVoice[/bold] wrote: The vanity project that cost millions and added capacity in an area that already has surplus school places. Of course he came to visit.[/p][/quote]Spot on. Everyone should also note that The Purbeck School, which the majority of Swanage secondary school pupils attend, and which has excellent facilities including a Sixth Form Centre, has made great progress under its new leadership team in recent months. The Swanage School may have been wanted by some people in Swanage - and Mr Gove has funded this accordingly - but there is absolutely no case that it was needed. A DfE appointed adjudicator confirmed this. Dorsetboy
  • Score: 4

9:52pm Sat 12 Jul 14

sammmymac says...

Surplus to requirement.
The school isn't needed as the purbeck area has empty places in existing schools. It's like opening a new pint of milk when there's one open already. They'll both go off and not get used economically.
Surplus to requirement. The school isn't needed as the purbeck area has empty places in existing schools. It's like opening a new pint of milk when there's one open already. They'll both go off and not get used economically. sammmymac
  • Score: 2

6:02pm Sun 13 Jul 14

PaulAngel says...

Without wishing to go over old arguments, just a point of clarification: the schools adjudicator determination referred to by Dorsetboy was about whether DCC had followed the correct process in deciding to close Swanage Middle School. The only reference to a proposed new secondary school in Swanage stated "I therefore believe the LA is correct to proceed with its own plans without seeking to forestall or inhibit the development of the proposed free school."

Ref: www dorsetforyou com/media.jsp?mediai
d=157527&filetype=pd
f p.26
Without wishing to go over old arguments, just a point of clarification: the schools adjudicator determination referred to by Dorsetboy was about whether DCC had followed the correct process in deciding to close Swanage Middle School. The only reference to a proposed new secondary school in Swanage stated "I therefore believe the LA is correct to proceed with its own plans without seeking to forestall or inhibit the development of the proposed free school." Ref: www dorsetforyou com/media.jsp?mediai d=157527&filetype=pd f p.26 PaulAngel
  • Score: 0

12:01am Mon 14 Jul 14

Yankee1 says...

Has Gove been CRB'd (or whatever acronym it is these days)?

Would you let him babysit your kids?

Bad move, Swanage School, to let this man near your good work.
Has Gove been CRB'd (or whatever acronym it is these days)? Would you let him babysit your kids? Bad move, Swanage School, to let this man near your good work. Yankee1
  • Score: 0

11:11pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Yankee1 says...

I guess this was Mikey's last gig.

Swanage is the end of the world....and his career.
I guess this was Mikey's last gig. Swanage is the end of the world....and his career. Yankee1
  • Score: 0

5:08pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Jason Tomes says...

When the Conservatives first announced their policy of free schools, I suspected that it was a gimmick to keep the right of the party happy. I still think it might be, but, even if it is, the impressive efforts of a group of local parents have given Swanage the chance to benefit enormously from it.

If Michael Gove deserves a good reception anywhere, I'd say it was in Swanage.
When the Conservatives first announced their policy of free schools, I suspected that it was a gimmick to keep the right of the party happy. I still think it might be, but, even if it is, the impressive efforts of a group of local parents have given Swanage the chance to benefit enormously from it. If Michael Gove deserves a good reception anywhere, I'd say it was in Swanage. Jason Tomes
  • Score: 2
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