Post letters: Forest Gate Community School, Brexit and BHF

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 March 2017


Kaashif Kamaly, 15, is congratulated by Forest Gate Community School asst head Omar Deria for securing a place at Eton. Picture: KEN MEARS

Years of hard work for school paid off

David Hatt, former teacher Forest Gate Community School, full address supplied, writes:

I am writing in response to an article in the Daily Mail

(March 11) on Forest Gate Community School (about pupil Kaashif Kamaly, 15, who is going to Eton College).

I have had a long association with the school as head of PE, 1976 – 2011, so feel able to comment.

To be one of the fastest improving schools in the country in terms of academic success is a huge achievement and Newham education department is right to celebrate this in the media.

So “10 out of 10” for Forest Gate Community School but “must do better” for Newham education department.

As the article predictably trotted out the usual clichés – “one time sink school”, an area of deprivation, gangs, violence and crime.

Sounds a scary place and obviously suits the desired narrative.

I would be interested to know if the education department had any control over the final article or went along with it as the Daily Mail is not known to be pro-teachers or pro-inner city areas for that matter, so I can see why the article was desirable.

Furthermore, stating the school was bottom of the league tables six years ago with 47 per cent is not my recollection of the facts.

I remember celebrating in 2011 the school getting 57pc A-Cs (near the top in Newham at the time). I also recollect Sir Robin Wales on one of his many visits to the

school celebrating this and describing the school as an “oasis of calm” in its place in the community.

Doesn’t sound like a “sink school” does it?

It’s not just me who feels let

down by the education department. There are literally thousands of

ex-students, teachers and parents who must feel their many achievements have been devalued prior to 2011.

I would suggest the foundations for the schools’ present success lies in the past and owes much to the aspirational students, teachers and parents going back years.

When I left in 2011 the school was fast becoming a first choice school for parents.

Finally, it remains to say Newham education department

was generally supportive of the school’s efforts during my time there.

So it is very disappointing that history is being rewritten. A dangerous thing to do as many of us know the real history of the school – we were part of it!

Act and plan now for Brexit Britain

Will Podmore, address supplied, writes:

In 1975 the British people did not believe we could run our own affairs.

The vote was more than two-to-one in a referendum to throw in our lot with the European Economic Community, to ask it to please manage Britain for us (actually, for its own interests).

Last June we finally reversed this woeful decision.

The people have shown we want a sovereign Britain. We have declared confidence in ourselves to decide the country’s future without any instruction from Brussels or Berlin.

We know that we can and must control our economy, our laws, our borders, and we expect the government to act accordingly. There can be no backsliding, no fudges. Only full independence will do.

All who desire a successful Britain must unite to see this through, engage in the discussion and planning for the future, and act to carry it out.

Support charity with a donation

Richard Fletcher, area manager, British Heart Foundation, writes:

With spring here, I wanted to encourage your readers to keep the BHF in mind during their spring clear out this year and donate

any unwanted items to their local BHF shop to help fund life saving heart research.

It is a sad reality that there are an estimated 716,000 people living with heart and circulatory disease in London. The BHF funds over £100 million of research across the UK each year into fighting these terrible diseases - from improving diagnosis to finding life saving new treatments– to help create a better future for everyone affected. It is only down to our generous supporters that we are able to fund this truly ground-breaking heart research.

Donating any good quality items from your spring clear out to the BHF is a really simple way everyone can get involved and help in the fight for every heartbeat. Each item donated, from books to bags and clothes to CDs, will be much appreciated by your local BHF


To help make the process completely hassle-free, we offer a free home collection service straight to your door which can be booked through your local shop or by calling our free-phone number on 0800 915 3000.

If you are a UK taxpayer you can also Gift Aid your donation which helps us to make an extra 25p for each £1 raised from your unwanted items and costs you nothing in return.

I really hope your readers are able to support us this spring – there really are bags of reasons for a clear out!

To find your local shop, order free donation bags or find out more about our free collection service, please visit

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