I would happily ‘show off’ Eastlea

IN response to the article ‘New primary school a step closer’ (News Post Leader, October 20), I would like to make the following points.

As a parent and grandparent, I have absolutely no issue with the principals of parental choice. Parents should have the right to choose the type of education they want for their children.

However, I do have issues with the comments which imply primary schools in Cramlington are failing to achieve the required levels in terms of progress and standards and seem to fail to offer their pupils a broad level of learning experiences.

As chair of governors at Eastlea Primary School, I found these comments patronising and insulting to my staff, parents and children.

I am not able to speak on behalf of the other primary schools in Cramlington, but I suggest that before such statements are made in future a visit to Eastlea to meet our dedicated and committed staff is in order.

I would not be so foolish to claim that we get everything right all of the time, but I do know that the pupils of Eastlea receive an education which meets their needs and challenges.

I suggest the steering committee back up their statements with facts.

I would be happy to ‘show off’ Eastlea to back up my claims.

DIANE OLIVER

Chair of Governors

Eastlea Primary School