As I have mentioned before on my blog, I am a governor at Fortismere, which is a secondary school in my ward.
One resident has contacted me and asked that I put something on my blog about the deliberation that the governing body is going through to decide if becoming a foundation school would be of benefit to Fortismere and its pupils, current and future.
As chance would have it, someone has also just pointed out to me that the local Tory has just posted on his blog - about me being a governor. Justin has even included the interesting demand that I resign from either the Lib Dem group or the governing body!
To clarify my position as a governor, I am a "local authority" representative - so in effect am nominated by the local Lib Dems. The local Labour party nominates three governors at Fortismere - I think this is a hangover from before the last elections when the ratio of Labour to Lib Dem councillors in Haringey was a little under 3:1 (whereas now it's roughly 50:50, with a small Labour majority).
But on the governing body, I act independently in the best interests of the school, as all governors should - not on behalf of the Lib Dems or the council.
Hopefully all interested parties have fed into the consultation - which is still at an informal stage. The process has not been a quick one, with discussions having begun last year. After that, a working group of governors spent a great deal of time looking at the pros and cons and eventually produced the informal consultation paper that has been circulated.
Anyone, whether local or not, is welcome to leave their thoughts about foundation status for schools, negative or positive. Usual rules apply - I would prefer comments not to be anonymous, but fine if you want - but I will not publish any comments (i) with bad language (ii) that are personally insulting to anyone (iii) that contain comments or allegations that I can't substantiate (or know to be untrue). And I would point out that I don't think my blog is any substitute for the actual consultation - although I will read all comments, I am unlikely to be responding to them in detail until I have seen all the consultation responses. And I certainly won't be making a decision either way before then.
It is important to note that no decision has been taken by the governors about foundation status - not even an indicative vote. The only votes have been about whether to explore the issue and whether to put it to consultation.
Along with most governors, I have made no decision on whether Fortismere should become a foundation school or not. There are two governors who are members of the Keep Fortismere Comprehensive group, who seem to believe that foundation status is about making a school selective. But I will be waiting to see the different views that come in via the consultation before making my decision either way.