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School in the news - again
Camera crews from BBC television news have descended on Brookmans Park School twice in one week, as the village primary becomes the centre of media interest.
The first visit was for an item broadcast on the BBCs News At Nine on Tuesday March 7, about the spread of the Internet in the UK and its use in education.
The second visit was for a story about the school's leaking roof for BBCs Newsroom South East, broadcast on Thursday March 9.
Apparently a journalist at the television station spotted an article in the Welwyn Hatfield Times, published on Wednesday March 8, about concerns expressed by Brookmans Park Primarys head teacher, Peter Evans, in the recent school newsletter.
Those concerns were outlined on this site a month ago at the time the newsletter was published. Click here to read that report.
Peter Evans has not sought coverage nor has he pushed the issue, but the details of his newsletter to parents, reproduced on this site, were then picked up by the local press and followed up by BBC regional TV who contacted the school to ask whether they could film the roof and interview him.
In his newsletter Mr Evans wrote: We have water coming into the classrooms when it rains - not so much as to necessitate closure, but would you want to work in a leaking building?
I know that Hertfordshire is a reasonably generous local authority and devolves most of its education funding direct to the schools. However until parents start pointing out to the politicians that they are not happy with the amount being spent on schools and, one has to say, primary schools in particular, then little will change. Unlike the NHS, no one dies if the facilities are not there, but children will not perhaps be able to live up to their full potential in later life, he concludes.
Both stories show the power of the web. There was a time when a school newsletter would be read once and thrown away. Now they are archived forever for all to see, including journalists working on local papers and TV news producers.
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March 8, 2000