There really is such a thing as a free lunch

Contributed by editor on Feb 05, 2009 - 12:00 AM

Howard's Way.... a weekly
column from the Rt. Hon. Michael Howard QC. MP. 

5 February 2009


Last Friday began with one of my regular meetings
with the Chief Superintendent of Police who is responsible for our area.
On this occasion it was my first meeting in this capacity with the new
Chief Superintendent, Chris Hogben.

I raised a number of concerns and was much reassured by Mr Hogben’s
no-nonsense approach. I hope his appointment will mark a new phase in
the maintenance of law and order in our area.

My next stop was at Mundella School where I was meeting Headteacher Lynn
Seal to discuss the possibility of changing the name of the school to
Walter Tull School.

Walter Tull, who attended the school as a boy, was
both the first black officer in the British Army and the first black
outfield professional footballer in England, playing for Tottenham
Hotspur and Northampton Town. He was about to be transferred to Glasgow
Rangers when the First World War broke out and Walter joined up and was
subsequently killed in action.

Any change would, of course, have to have the support of the local
community, including the large number of people who attended Mundella
and still live locally. The school intends to carry out an extensive
consultation exercise to test local opinion.

I then went to Pent Valley Technology College to open the new Young
People’s Clinic.

The clinic will be headed by an outreach nurse, specialising in sexual
health, and will be open to all young people in Cheriton. A trained
mentor will also be available to discuss concerns of domestic abuse.
This will be a signposting service to students, parents and the
community who have any worries about violence in the home.

Another recent development, hailed by Headteacher, Mario Citro, is that
Pent Valley has been awarded Healthy School Status. To promote its
commitment to this, free lunches will be provided to all Year 7 students
joining the school in September 2009.

Much is happening in Shepway’s schools. I shall try to keep you posted.