Saturday, October 16, 2010

Katharine Birbalsingh forced to resign from Church of England Academy

The ‘Tory Teacher’ who dared to make a speech at the Conservative Party conference about the parlous state of state education has been so appallingly treated by her 'Blairite’ headteacher and her Anglican Chairman of Governors that she has been forced to resign.

They will probably take issue with the word ‘forced’.

Well, let them sue.

It was they who decided to ‘suspend’ Ms Birbalsingh after making her speech, on the trumped-up charge of using children’s photographs and offending the entire teaching profession.

His Grace is angered beyond verbal expression at this outcome, and he promised a ‘terrors of the earth’ apocalypse if these myopic politically-correct-socialist-ecumenicals got this wrong.

And they did.

Spectacularly so.

Canon Peter Clark, the Chairman of Governors, has issued this statement to the press:

Following discussions between St Michael and All Angels Academy and Katharine Birbalsingh, Ms Birbalsingh is leaving the Academy’s employment. The Governing Body would like to thank Katharine Birbalsingh for her contribution as Vice Principal since she joined the Academy in September and wish her well for the future.


Such effusive ‘thanks’ after just four weeks’ employment?

Wish her well?

Canon Clark must think His Grace is stupid.

And the resignation as a result of the ‘furore’ has been confirmed by another governor, Canon Andrew Grant.

Too many canons and not enough balls.

Ms Birbalsingh’s forced resignation is proof positive that the state education system is ‘fundamentally broken’.

And ‘Dr’ Irene Bishop (her doctorate is honorary) and Canon Peter Clark are just too obtuse to see it.

They had on their staff a deputy headteacher of inspirational vision, infectious passion, supreme skill and acute intelligence. All of that was evident from just the three-minute speech she made at the Conservative Party conference: her performance in a school context must be a wonder to behold.

Ms Birbalsingh’s students must have loved seeing Miss on the television. You can imagine her return to work – the admiration and appreciation; the respect and gratitude that God so loved St Michael and All Angels Academy that he sent his only-begotten (just about) Right-thinking teacher, that whoever is taught by her should not end up in poverty, but have a decent career and a life of hope.

But her Executive Headteacher ‘suspended’ her.

Perhaps ‘Dr’ Bishop felt threatened: perhaps intimidated, inadequate or jealous.

Perhaps she panicked, and so fabricated a reason for sending Ms Birbalsingh home: that the rest of the staff were insulted, angered and upset by the speech, especially the bit about all teachers being ‘blinded by Leftist ideology’.

That, you see, was far too close to the bone.

A variety of fates are usually visited upon people who tell the truth.

The can be bullied and intimidated into recanting; persecuted and defamed; suspended, sacked or executed.

Miss Snuffy doesn’t immediately strike you as the sort to be easily intimidated.

But bullying is a dark art.

And Ms Birbalsingh is only human.

From the moment she was ‘sent home’ and prevented from returning to work, a shadow was cast over her professionalism and competence. Her offence was of such magnitude that it merited the immediate retribution usually reserved for teachers who thieve, cheat or give their pupils private sessions of physical education.

What now for Ms Birbalsingh?

Well, Toby Young is presently setting up a new school and is clearly a fan.

He observes:

When she returned to work last Thursday her executive head teacher instructed her to spend the rest of the week at home. Proof, if proof were needed, that anyone who questions the prevailing socialist dogma within the state education system is immediately punished. Had Miss Birbalsingh made a speech at the Labour conference in which she endorsed Ed Balls's education policies, she would have been hailed as a conquering hero on her return to work. Her head teacher is the one who should be sent home, where she'd have an opportunity to reflect on the message her actions sent to her pupils about the school's tolerance of dissenting views.
His Grace begs to differ.

‘Dr’ Bishop ought to be dismissed.

And Canon Peter Clark ought to resign.

If only for lying.

The statement they issued following Ms Birbalsingh’s suspension included this assurance:

Miss Birbalsingh was asked to work at home on Thursday and Friday and will return to work next week.
As His Grace observed, ‘will’ is quite definite: it is a future expectation of ability or capacity.

It implied at least that a conversation had taken place and agreement struck between Ms Birbalsingh and 'Dr' Bishop to permit Ms Birbalsingh to return to work.

It satisfied the media and the Facebook campaign was closed down.

It appeared as though Mayor Boris had triumphed.

But it was a lie.

Ms Birbalsingh did not return to work, and enquiries to the school regarding her whereabouts were referred to the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education.

Which is also a not wholly-truthful body, for in their public rebuke of Ms Birbalsingh last week in which they criticised her for using children’s photographs, they inadvertently omitted to mention that she had secured not only the permissions of all the parents, but also of the Academy’s full-time ‘on-the-ground’ Headteacher who operates beneath the part-time ‘flying’ Executive Headteacher.

Boris is right to observe that Ms Birbalsingh is ‘a principled person who has reached the end of her tether’.

That tether is quite long: it has to be in teaching.

You need unyielding tenacity, a stubborn conviction, grit.

But a deputy headteacher cannot stay where the headteacher does not want him or her.

Ms Birbalsingh may have resigned, but His Grace would bet the ashes of his right arm that she was pushed. Canon Peter Clark’s statement says more in what it does not say.

There is no indication of agreement or mutual consent; just ‘following discussions’.

And no doubt these ‘discussions’ were intimidating, bullying and wholly one-sided.

They have probably paid her off and bought her silence.

Not that they needed to, for Ms Birbalsingh, even in midst of the anguish and doubt this situation must have caused her, has never criticised her school; indeed, she has shown them nothing but respect, compassion and understanding. Her loyalty to her school is exemplary.

Their betrayal of her is shameful.

How could such a talent and truth-teller find herself so lost?


‘Dr’ Irene Bishop and Canon Peter Clark do not know the meaning of truth or justice.

They will have persuaded themselves that Ms Birbalsingh is a renegade, her conduct was unacceptable, and so her resignation would have been welcomed with great sighs of relief.

Throughout all of this, they have not considered the children for one moment.

Ms Birbalsingh evidently has them at the forefront of her mind all the time.

His Grace was sent an email yesterday, which included the following:

In years to come her name will be on the tongues of many successful adults, who might otherwise have fallen by the wayside, as their inspiration. There can be no higher accolade in the teaching profession. I am just one of a great many people who, mostly silently, support her and her efforts to improve the lives of those children under her care. Her views may well be unwelcome and divisive but they are not malicious and are motivated by a sincere desire to give the disadvantaged a true chance at attaining an excellent education.
Ms Birbalsingh is probably job-hunting this very morning.

She will be searching for her next ‘Dopey’, ‘Stoic’ or ‘Dingbat’ to guide, nurture and inspire.

Any offers?


Blogger john in cheshire said...

I hope irene bishop and peter clark are both now persecuted until they receive a just punishment for their actions.

16 October 2010 at 09:57  
Blogger Chromatistes said...

Amen to that.

16 October 2010 at 10:06  
Blogger Preacher said...

It just goes to show that politics & truth very rarely mix well. One must count the cost of telling the truth before taking that step.
Thank God that their are still people of the calibre of this lady that are prepared to 'Tell the truth & shame the devil'. She deserves better than she would recieve as a 'yes' woman in this school but the losers are as usual the pupils.

16 October 2010 at 10:35  
Anonymous Michal said...

The treatment of ms. Birbalsingh continues to be quite disgraceful. The truth is there must have been a gulf of differences between the school and ms. Birbalsingh so it makes sense that they part, but that shouldn't have ever been an issue in the first place, no matter how passionate she was about her views (and rightly so).

I really hope her next job will give her more credit.

16 October 2010 at 10:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


16 October 2010 at 10:53  
Anonymous "Dr." Epictetus said...

Your Grace — you have excelled even your own previous high standards in the blog.

Dr. Bishop and all the cannons and other priests among the governors have borne false witness against their employee. What great examples they are.

Had "Dr." Bishop been alive in your day burning at the stake would have been her fate. She is very lucky that for her supreme incompetence the modern punishment is not one but two cushy jobs, a fat state guaranteed pension and little need to account for her actions. What a depressing specimen of a leader she seems to be.

Keep going this great work, your grace.

" 'Dr.' Epictetus"

16 October 2010 at 11:05  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let us hope that some of the parents at the academy will speak out in support of this teacher. It has been noticable so far that none seem to have complained about her speech or her use of photographs of the children; also I believe that several supported her reinstatement. However, it is hard for parents to speak out. You risk affecting your whole relationship with the school and also that of your child.

16 October 2010 at 11:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the BBC's silence on this shameful matter is deafening. Bias by omission - as usual.

16 October 2010 at 11:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am surprised to see Cranmer going along with the silly Leftist practice of referring to school pupils as "students". What gives?

16 October 2010 at 11:23  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is peculiar that the BBC have said nothing at all on this. I wrote to them asking why but so far haven't received a reply. I'll report back when (if?) I get an answer. Today show did mention the story when it first broke during press round-up but it hasn't been anywhere else.

Some of the parents were reported in the press saying supportive things. The fact that the school hasn't said that they have received any complaints certainly means they haven't in my experience of dealing with schools.

16 October 2010 at 11:23  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could be worse - they could be clients

16 October 2010 at 11:27  
Anonymous genghiz the kahn said...

Funny how the Academy's webpages is off line, unavailable, or taken down.

So much for freedom of expression, how much is the pay off/

16 October 2010 at 11:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The inherent stupidity of the CofE beggars belief.

They happily back and vote for atheists in the Lib Dems and Labour, whilst the Lib Dems want an end to religous schools.

16 October 2010 at 11:51  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is wrong with them? How do they think bringing down the website makes it better? Even if it was a scheduled upgrade they should have enough common-sense to cancel it so they don't look as though they are hiding?

16 October 2010 at 11:55  
Anonymous Eeyore said...

Your Grace, this is an appalling outrage and, as you say, its perpetrators ought to be sacked.

Please keep up the pressure: it is rare that so clearly a black-and-white instance of prejudice-inspired institutional brutality comes into the open.

Those responsible need to be shamed, if only pour decourager les autres. (Sorry, can't do accented letters here.)

16 October 2010 at 12:01  
Anonymous genghiz the kahn said...

Perhaps the non person or Deputy Headmistress is being airbrushed out of all the photographs at the school.

16 October 2010 at 12:10  
Anonymous Dr. Epictetus said...

In Chile there is a large empty mine with a means of lowering people down into it. It is big enough for "Dr." Bishop and all the governors of St. Michael & AA. They should be lowered into the mine and sealed in until they repent, with only a supply of Tony Bliar's memoirs and Gordon Brown's speeches on prudent economic management to keep them going.

"Dr." Epictetus

16 October 2010 at 12:14  
Blogger Victor, NW Kent said...

My father's house has many rooms...but not when Canon Clark is in charge of them.

This is a disgrace in every way and an affront to the principle of free speech.

Her blog "To Miss with Love" was wonderful to read. The lady is obviously a very excellent person and teacher.

16 October 2010 at 12:16  
Blogger Plato said...

I'm completely appalled yet totally unsurprised.

Miss gave one of the most impressive speeches I've ever seen from a conference platform and to hear that she has been forced out is so depressing.

The Thought Police of the NUT and others prevails despite it's obvious failings of our kids and their once chance of an education - how can these ideological numpties still have the whip hand?

It's been 40 yrs since the 70s when this stuff was fashionable and 30 yrs since union frighters were the norm.

Again - I'm appalled

16 October 2010 at 12:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many people insist on being called Dr after such a ceremony? Haven’t seen any references to Dr Sir Clive Woodward.

In 2004 Honorary Doctorates were conferred on Irene Bishop and Baroness Uddin.

16 October 2010 at 12:27  
Blogger Prodicus said...

The school's website has disappeared but their email address hasn't.

16 October 2010 at 12:31  
Blogger Clameur de Haro said...

Utterly disgusted with this apology for a headteacher and her so-called board of governors. Devious, spineless and deviod of any scruple whatsoever. The putrid reek of Common Purpose is overwhelming.

If Gove has any cojones at all, he should immediately take Ms Birbalsingh on as an education adviser and invite her to draw up a blueprint on how to combat the disease which she has so brilliantly articulated.

In the wide circle of Your Grace's congregation, is there not a lady or gentleman learned in the law who will take on Ms Birbalsingh's case and action her former employers for wrongful or unfair dismissal?

16 October 2010 at 12:41  
Blogger Gillibrand said...

Sacked for telling the truth- wonderful example the Canon sets to the pupils.

Fire the Canon not the angel of truth!

The Archbishop will be pleased to know that I attended Anglican service last Sunday, the low point of which was some guitar ditties by an allegedly Catholic composer.

16 October 2010 at 13:03  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace

This whole episode reminds one of the Bradford head teacher Mr Ray Honeyford who was sacked for saying that British Asian pupils should learn English.

It is now government policy for these children to learn English.

Children know that the education system is broken; the parents know; the teachers know; why even the head teachers know; the governors know; the Secretary of State for Education knows and Her Majesty’s Inspector for Schools knows.

Why then are public servants still attempting to conceal the truth?

As Christianity has fled the public square Political Correctness has become hegemonic. If it were a mere doctrine its defeat would be at hand. It is more than that: its values are supported by statute law (Human Rights Act 1998, for example inhibits discipline in schools).

How well Justice Louis Brandeis wrote in concurring in Whitney v. California (1927):

‘Freedom to think as you will and to speak as you think are means indispensable to the discovery and spread of political truth… [We know] order cannot be secured merely through fear of punishment for its infraction; that it is hazardous to discourage thought, hope and imagination; that fear breeds repression; that repression breeds hate; that hate menaces stable government; that the path of safety lies in the opportunity to discuss freely supposed grievances and proposed remedies; and that the fitting remedy for evil counsels is good ones.’

Pity the poor children - for another generation.

16 October 2010 at 13:08  
Anonymous "Bishop Jeremy Taylor" said...

I have no doubt that the excellent Ms Birbalsingh will shortly emerge as an inspirational head teacher of a free school where she can put her ideas into action. I daresay that the comparison with the Schools managed by "Dr" Bishop will be illuminating. If she succeeds I am sure that we will have to address her as Dame Birbalsingh at the very least; and rightly so. Full marks to her so far.

16 October 2010 at 13:18  
Anonymous len said...

Truth is not always welcome because it nearly always necessitates change and exposes the inadequacies of those who set up the system.
To accept truth requires honesty, humility and courage, all these qualities are severely lacking in the Governing Body.
A 'broken system' needs to be changed not concealed and this can only be done by exposing it.

16 October 2010 at 13:25  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The politically correct board of idiot governors of the school of ineptitude will be the ones forced to resign. This is absolutely wonderful watching them stepping into the noose.

16 October 2010 at 13:51  
Blogger lilith said...

Perhaps we could all nominate Miss Snuffy for the Daily Mail Inspirational Woman of the Year here

16 October 2010 at 14:04  
Blogger bewick said...

This is a perfect opportunity for Dave. Recruit the woman pronto since she, brave soul, knows exactly what it is like at the sharp end and is brave enough to say what happens.
In the shaping of education and school discipline she would be INVALUABLE (sorry for shouting).
Even better she is untouchable racially as His Grace has noted.

I personally eventually lost my job for telling it how it is.
My Local Government employers (ie politicians of a particular persuasion which wasn't blue) weren't so quick off the mark though because I was seriously senior and well versed in employment law.
After years of slurs I was glad to leave. Hope K thinks similarly.She should since I can promise her that she is well out of it.

16 October 2010 at 14:22  
Blogger bewick said...

A PS. No I wasn't sacked. They could not and dared not do that. Instead I was offered (then) a highly favourable redundancy payoff. I could still have had them for constructive dismissal since the redundancy wasn't quite genuine - and I knew the law better than them.
Didn't bother, such was my relief at escaping - and hey my fortunes soared after that.
I believe that any "secrecy" clause in Ms Birbalsingh's settlement is likely illegal. Perhaps a lawyer reader could advise. I would be happy to, pro bono, examine whatever the settlement was and advise Ms B on whether she likely has a case for unlawful dismissal or whether she should consult an employment lawyer.
Then again I rather think she is intelligent enough to know what to do.

In the meantime what about Baroness Birbalsingh Dave? Then she could become a minister

16 October 2010 at 14:43  
Blogger Graham Davis said...

Cranmer said

Too many canons and not enough balls.

Nice one!

I am somewhat confused as the last Ofsted report
listed Susan Graham as head teacher

16 October 2010 at 14:52  
Blogger gildas said...

I am incandescent with rage!

16 October 2010 at 14:52  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace

What a story this might turn out to be.

The young teacher, from an elite educational background, determined to give her best to poor children; the years of frustration; the electrifying speech on the national stage; the ‘suspension’; the ‘sacking’ – the rising to sit in the House of Lords: free speech at long last.

Aye! What a story it would make.

16 October 2010 at 15:10  
Blogger Johnny Norfolk said...

We used to have free speech in Britain.
She has said what she feels and we know she is correct.
I was state educated going to an excelent all boys secondary modern.
I know both my children had a far worse education than I did due to all these trendy leftie ideas. Look how many childern today cannot read, write, or speak properly .
She has hit the nail on the head and they dont like it.

16 October 2010 at 15:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should all socialists be put up against a wall and shot ?


No - just slot them where they are.

16 October 2010 at 15:17  
Anonymous non mouse said...

Oh dear - I hope no one insults her with a baronessetcy, though I realise chubby chops might count it an honour. Really, though, the title sounds so foreign: Frankish at best.

Not that I think there's any danger of Cammerclogs appreciating someone of Miss's calibre - barring the need for an expedient. As Your Grace perceives: truth, courage, and conviction threaten the "desired outcomes" of our present 'powers and dominions.'

16 October 2010 at 15:37  
Anonymous JayBee said...

I am only a lawyer of the barrack room variety but if Ms Birbalsingh was politically persecuted, then browbeaten and bullied into resigning I think she might be able to seek damages for Constructive Dismissal.

If she could prove that her employers acted unlawfully, and that she resigned because their unreasonable behaviour made her position impossible then they might be found guilty of fundamental breach of contract.

If her employers have slandered her and damaged her professional reputation in the process she might also succeed in suing for Defamation of Character.

16 October 2010 at 15:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can at least cause trouble for the school. It's an affiliate of Woodard Schools, the largest group of independent church schools in the UK. They're very sensitive about bad publicity (I know, I used to work in one of their schools). Use the contact form to complain about what's happened at one of their schools:

16 October 2010 at 15:48  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

I hate this stinking country so much some times that I find it hard to reconcile my thoughts with who I am supposed to be and what my values are supposed to reflect. It sends me into crises on a regular basis.

God give me the strength.

16 October 2010 at 15:51  
Blogger starcourse said...

"Dr" Bishop is clearly well in with the CofE. What on earth was her Honorary Doctorate for - the other people on the Exeter list are pretty distinguished? There is more to all this than meets the eye. Who is/was her "partner" I wonder?

I also note that she is a member of the Teach First "cock-up club". One to add there.

16 October 2010 at 15:56  
Anonymous macon church said...

Interesting comments

16 October 2010 at 16:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Update on the BBC's shameful non-coverage of this story. I checked their website at 1630 on Saturday. Not only could I not see the story. A search on the name Birbalsingh yielded no results. They know about the story. Either they are idle buggers (not impossible), or someone has decided not to cover it. If the latter, then at least a few other people in the BBC must know about that decision. Come on beeboids, how about a leak that will embarrass your management?

16 October 2010 at 16:48  
Blogger bewick said...

in reply to anonymous. No surprise there then., The BEEB is still seriously left wing. WHY exactly am I required to pay them money?

16 October 2010 at 17:03  
Anonymous len said...

Why the British Brainwashing Corporation is allowed to extract money from people who don`t use their service is a mystery to me.

16 October 2010 at 17:08  
Anonymous Indigo said...

I don't know anything about these things but is this the Exeter University full academic dress for higher doctorates (being worn by person of interest three from the right)?

described here

16 October 2010 at 17:12  
Anonymous Paleo said...

Len; they don't if you don't pay them...(I have not had a televisual receiving unit for 12 years now).

16 October 2010 at 17:14  
Blogger bewick said...

You surprise me. Is there REALLY an Exeter University?

16 October 2010 at 17:15  
Anonymous Dack said...

bewick - three teachers have been 'bought off' at my school recently. The union advised each individual to accept the money rather than (the more challenging option) of tackling the repressive atmosphere at the school. I suspect they didn't want to shoulder the cost of legal representation which is what members, in part, pay their contributions for. I'm seen as 'difficult', but they know I wouldn't take the money and run, so they daren't push me too far.

Plato... the NUT put out a supportive statement, as I read it anyway - even though I doubt Ms B is a member as she doesn't support the idea of unions. I accept that unions aren't showing what few teeth they have left on this issue, and I should add that my LEA has proved ineffective despite being aware of the situation at my school - but what do you suggest we put in place to protect teachers in situations like this? Giving more power to headteachers - many of whom (as I believe Ms B has said in her blog) are the root of the problem - will make things better? Just as giving GPs more power will improve the NHS? (Speaking as someone who has found GPs to be the main barrier to getting timely/effective treatment...)

Apologies if a similar comment appears twice - it didn't seem to post the first time.

16 October 2010 at 17:20  
Blogger Overtiredandemotional said...

JayBee is right that Miss Snuffy would probably have a claim. But who wants to live their life as a cause celebre? This is how the bullies win. Even extra ordinary people crave some normality.

As to the C of E, does His Grace recall the craven behaviour of the Church when Poles wanted to build the Katyn memorial in London? The local Diocese and the Kremlin were about the only people in the world to deny Soviet responsibility for Katyn, and even the Kremlin owned up eventually.

16 October 2010 at 17:23  
Anonymous not a machine said...

At this juncture in proceedings , nay severence , it may be helpfull if Ms Birbalsingh were able to tell us what was said .Like many I assumed the matter was done with and the gaping wound to prefessional expression being mended.
The diocese of Southwark statement is almost quietly triumphant , I would ask "what was Ms Birbalsingh to resign for and perhaps more telling on what grounds was it accepted"
There must be a charge and it would be nice to think , that she didnt break any rules (the statement offers no charge ergo no need for them to accept her resignation).

I begin to wonder if after the matter being closed celebrations may not be as the school had hoped , for does it now not look that a bunker mentality is eating away at the cannons and governorship of this school . The jackboot has replaced christian ethos , summarly obtained resignations without a second thought , unasailable pride in quelling speech from professional colleagues speaking about subject and not her own place or staff.

I suspect that it will come back upon the governors , head and cannon , feet of clay and hearts of lead should be there new slogan for authority . The only thing of disrepute is the foul stench of shoddy treatment by authority too weak to see truth or light .

16 October 2010 at 17:26  
Anonymous LDS said...

...And this shower Southwark Diocesan Board of Education are applying to run a new Secondary School in Kingston. Here is the link There is a summary at the bottom of the SDBE bid. Slide 18 is a Wing Ding, they claim particular expertise in "nurturing...talented staff". I am not making it up.

16 October 2010 at 17:30  
Anonymous Indigo said...

@bewick 16 October 2010 17:15

You surprise me. Is there REALLY an Exeter University?

In haste, I failed to use the shibboleth: University of Exeter.

Happy now?

16 October 2010 at 17:33  
Anonymous JayBee said...

The Facebook campaign is back again.!/group.php?gid=158144737540363&v=wall

16 October 2010 at 18:17  
Anonymous Oswin said...

I would reiterate much of what 'not a machine' has said; we need to know the details.

My life-experience has taught me never to resign, but to wait until one is pushed; providing, that is, one has not actually committed a sackable offense.

Having voluntarily resigned, one weakens one's case significantly

Is Miss Snuffy a member of a union? If so, what are they about?

16 October 2010 at 18:17  
Blogger Owl said...

The main way of controlling the masses is by manipulating the contollers of the masses. This is a method which has grown out of the Fabian society/Frankfurter Shool "think tanks" with many refinements by the Tavistock Institute and it's offshoots. The basic idea is using peer pressure to change people's minds and manner of thinking and, if this fails, removing them from the group thus keeping the group singing from the same hymn book. If someone, for example Mrs. Birbalsingh , has the gumption to not follow the group norm then she will be removed. This is basically Marxism and institutions such as Common Purpose use this for management training. One of the main supporters/clients of Common Purpose are local government (prepare for Big Society) while high level politicians are groomed (engineered) by the Tavistock Institute itself.
The infiltration of these cockroaches into all branches of society is enormous. Thank heavens for people like Mrs. Birbalsingh who show them up for what they really are.

16 October 2010 at 19:19  
Blogger bewick said...

Dack, Indigo
Oh bugger. It is now even worse than it was 20 years ago. when I got pushed.
The Commissars still rule and now they've achieved footholds in the Church.
Be clear. I knew people who became Cabinet Ministers and they were, shall we say, less than impressive. Even now I'm reluctant to name names.
I also know EXACTLY why Blair complained about "scratches on my back". All THAT meant was that professionals in their fields told him that his unrealistic political goals were ? Well unrealistic. They did their job. Blair didn't like it.
Ms K B has clearly rattled some cages and good on her for that

16 October 2010 at 19:30  
Blogger Unsworth said...

It's apparent that the Governors of this school are remarkably supine. That's a very unhealthy state of affairs - as the clear collusion between the Chair and the Head. They have acted shamefully and without scruple.

I agree with much of what has been said here, and also wonder whether there is not a sound case of constructive dismissal - and punitive damages. In most cases Governors are personally liable, although LEAs tend to indemnify schools in the event of legal action. Nonetheless, I believe that the Chair and the Head have acted together - without the authority of the Governing Body. That authority could be granted retrospectively, of course. Maybe the school will publish the Minutes, but a FOI request could also be made.

In the meantime I'd recommend this lady as an ideal Head for one of Mr Gove's new Academies or one of the new independent schools.

16 October 2010 at 20:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess that The British Broadcasting Cabal will only take note when there are almost a million You Tube hits.

It took them about three days to broadcast Dan Hannan laying into that gurning foll Brown at the European Parliament.

16 October 2010 at 21:10  
Anonymous Atlas Shrugged said...

A variety of fates are usually visited upon people who tell the truth.( you can say that again)

They can be bullied and intimidated into recanting; persecuted and defamed; suspended, sacked or executed. ( not so often the last, but the formers are a given )

The truth is a rare enough commodity. Those that know what the truth is and are also brave enough to tell it, all but extinct.

I have this to say regarding the relationship between truth and main stream educational systems in general and the state educational system in particular.

Education as we know it and TRUTH are distant bedfellows at best, and totally divorced from each other at worst.

For any form of educational system (private or public)to tell the truth, it is imperative that said system first knows what the truth is, and secondly has any intention whatsoever on handing such a precious thing on to the next generations.

Information is POWER, so why would any of you believe that those that already have the information and therefore the power, would gladly want any one else to possess more then a very small amount of either?

The truth is that hardly any of our our top educationalists know what the truth is. Those that do have sworn a blood oath not to tell anyone else.

Therefore they have never had any intention of letting on to even the majority of their own Oxbridge undergraduates, never mind The Great Unwashed.

The below is a simple illustration of how all establishment controlled systems work, or in this case do not.

If you order and pay for a Navy Blue 2000cc 2010 Ford Mondeo. You get a Navy Blue 2000cc 2010 Ford Mondeo. OR YOU SEND IT BACK, and insist on a full refund.


If our establishment orders a totally messed up education system wholly devoted to anything but the truth or indeed real education, at an ever increasing cost, and then forces us to pay for it. Then that is precisely what we get.

The establishment is not insisting on a different model, neither is it asking for our money back.


The education system is not going to change on its own, and it sure as hell is not going to be changed by The Establishment that ordered it anytime soon, and NEVER for the better

16 October 2010 at 21:19  
Anonymous Dick the Prick said...

Your Grace

Good girl


16 October 2010 at 21:20  
Anonymous Atlas Shrugged said...

My advice is this.

First find out what the truth is all by yourself. This is not as difficult as it may seem, as it is largely to be found within your own consciousness and of course personal experience.

One or both of you must give up your full time day jobs/enslavement to the system, and then teach your own children yourselves.

Destroying the TV would be a very positive start. Or you could simply give the extremely nasty object away to someone you hate with a passion. If you do not know anyone that fully deserving of your contempt, then simply pull the pug off the one eyed monster ASAP.

My six year old could read almost anything well before he started school, ( which is far more then I could have said for myself at his age) and can already argue most adults into a state of utter panic.

A more sociable, popular, well meaning and confident young adult I challenge anyone to find.

16 October 2010 at 21:44  
Blogger Dave said...

galatians 4:16
"Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?"

The answer is yes it seems.

What now for whistleblowers?
What now for our children's education?

16 October 2010 at 21:54  
Anonymous God dam the left said...

Typical left wing, elitist, eastern establishment rubbish of the left liberal church of england ....

16 October 2010 at 22:01  
Anonymous genghiz the kahn said...

Telegraph has caught up.

16 October 2010 at 22:33  
Anonymous not a machine said...

Your grace if of interest , it would seem a church in Folkstone has been swayed by the fragance of Rome (with a push from the sharp elbowed modernisers in the synod).
As a supporter of new warmth possibilities with the Holy see , I can only hope that respect prvails and not triumphialism ,after all Rome wasnt built in a day and protestant reformation will not be brought down in one day either.

For many years we have missed brotherly communion with the same God , who perhaps has not forsaken either church .

The Holy see has a great deal of internal work to do , and I am thinking about clergy and wives , as what is special at this moment in time would need to be fully accepted .

I would have prefered a working relationship , but it would appear there is no room at the inn or even the top for Anglican traditionalists .Any remnant of your ashes ,your grace in Folkstone must be sorely troubled.

16 October 2010 at 22:58  
Anonymous Andrew J said...

Your Grace

Many thanks for your coverage of this matter. Has anyone compiled a list of the governors of the school? I feel a letter writing campaign and detailed investigation into their backgrounds may prove a useful diversion,

16 October 2010 at 23:14  
Blogger Man in a Shed said...

I regret this is just the outcome I feared and frankly expected.

17 October 2010 at 00:13  
Anonymous Sandy Jamieson said...

And sad to see that congregation in Folkstone wanting to join Satan's spawn.

On this occasion another victory for the ant-Christ

17 October 2010 at 00:17  
Anonymous Gerard Tibercross said...

According to the Sunday Torygraph Baroness Uddin has been suspended from the House of Lords and compelled to repay £125K overclaimed in expenses.

She must be deeply ashamed to be associated with fellow Exeter "Doctor" Irene Bishop.

Gerard Tibercross

17 October 2010 at 00:32  
Anonymous Gerard Tibercross said...

Your Grace

A number of your communicants have asked whether my learned friends will be leaping to the defence of Ms Birbalsingh.

If the head of employment law in my firm is not beating a path to her door I should be disappointed; if he does not find the path congested I should be astonished.

If we get the case I shall offer praise to God, confident that the C of E is unfamiliar with Matthew 5:25.

Gerard Tibercross

17 October 2010 at 01:12  
Anonymous no nonny said...

Can't stop- I'm just passing by. So glad to see you're all safely back and here, though! Happy days.

But I have to ask:
Do Common Purpose run a Deportment School for Feminist Career-Persons?
The photo of Bishop in full sail*... Her pose echoes that of another ruthlessly ambitious female academic I know.

They must practice it, or something. I've seen others cut of the same jib: Where are Chaucer and Dickens when you need their take on the colours of rhetoric: their oh-so-telling caricatures? (Oh, I know: dw&m; another convenient put-down of truth-tellers!).

*Link posted by Indigo @ 17.12.

17 October 2010 at 01:24  
Anonymous Oswin said...

no nonny! Lovely to see you back within the fold!

17 October 2010 at 01:38  
Anonymous bluedog said...

Oswin @ 18.17 has it exactly right.

17 October 2010 at 06:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Anonymous 16 October @ 1548, for pointing out that St. Michael's & All Angels is part of Woodard Schools. I've looked at Woodard's website and observe that they are a registered charity. If they support the apparent ban on reasonable free speech and the apparently unfair, vicious and incompetent acts of St. Michael's and All Angels then there may be grounds for asking the Charity Commissioners to remove the charitable status of Woodard. One can ask Woodard what their policies are at

17 October 2010 at 07:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

woodard's website has changed the url for the school from (which is "sort of" there) to which is nothing to do with it - compare the "info@" domain!

17 October 2010 at 08:33  
Blogger Gnostic said...

So it's been publicly confirmed. The socialist leaning in teachers is more important than ability when it comes to educating our kids.

No surprise there, I'm sorry to say.

17 October 2010 at 09:26  
Anonymous Dack said...

Re my question to Plato above - any ideas anyone? I'm genuinely interested...

17 October 2010 at 10:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My wife and I were there in Birmingham - in the hall - we heard Ms Birbalsingh in person and since that moment have been praying that she could become part of the vision for a school revolution. In response to your request for offers, I have an outstanding opportunity, the position of head teacher at a new school founded on the very principles for which Ms Birbalsingh stands convicted.
A quick perusal of the web sight wiil reveal all . . .
Do not despair when you read that the scholl is in Alexandria, Virginia for the plan is to acquaint Ms Birbalsingh with the ethos and vision of the school before bringing her back to the UK to open the first of the schools planned for the UK. How appropriate might it be to establish the first school in George Washington's ancestral home in County Durham?

17 October 2010 at 10:17  
Blogger Katabasis said...

This is despicable!

And I can't help thinking of the recent silencing of Anna Raccoon in relation to this.

Yet another outstanding and outspoken woman silenced for going against the grain.

17 October 2010 at 10:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

C'mon guys, we really need to get behind this woman and collaborate a movement to get her reinstated and her persecutors named and shamed. I read about this today and I am apalled and outraged at the injustice. She should be aplauded by her school not punished. You would think School Principles would be proud to have a woman of such calibre. Is there a facebook group created in protest of this yet? If not, please can we get one started?

17 October 2010 at 12:58  
Blogger Adrian said...

Facebook group already set up
Katharine birbalsingh appreciation society

17 October 2010 at 13:23  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about a protest group? That sounds a bit passive to me. We can't let these leftist Hitlers stamp their oppression all over the country.

17 October 2010 at 13:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Reinstate Katherine BirbalSingh' would have more impact.

I personally hope she sues the crap out of them.

17 October 2010 at 13:48  
Blogger Graham Davis said...

What is missing from this discussion is the opinion of parents and children from the school. What do they think of Ms Birbalsingh? Googling doesn’t reveal anything, no local paper comment. Has anyone found useful links not already cited by Cranmer?

17 October 2010 at 14:57  
Blogger Fausty said...

I hope Miss Birbalsingh starts her own free school - or joins Toby's (assuming he's starting one up in Acton, London).

The Doctor and her sidekick won't like the sunlight shone on their leftie hideout - but they might just get it.

17 October 2010 at 16:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only thing I've found is one parent who said positive and supportive things. Nothing from the local paper. Weirdly.

17 October 2010 at 20:33  
Anonymous Ol' Blue Eyes said...

So Ms Birbalsingh is now looking for a job. If Dave Cameron was worth his salt she wouldn't be looking for long. He would find her a safe parliamentary seat pronto and then quickly draft her into a position in the education ministry.

17 October 2010 at 21:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This young woman teacher is exactly the sort of person who could save British state education.
Having served some 25 years as a senior teacher in an English state faith (voluntary aided) comprehensive school I can only say that I greatly admire her, but also that her demise at the hands of the people who run these schools was a certain outcome.
Yes it would be good to see her as a Tory MP - and in the meantime a special advisor to Mr Gove.

17 October 2010 at 22:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully the tory cow will never work again.

18 October 2010 at 09:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

"Hopefully the tory cow will never work again."

What a nasty, spiteful and out-of-touch individual you are. With people like this representing your typical Labour Supporter, no wonder all and sunder are defecting to the Tories!

Regardless of what political affiliation anybody is with, this decision was wholly and unequivocally wrong. 'Anonymous' here is the sort of spiteful character who has nothing better to do but cast ill wishes onto good people - quite unlike his/herself.

18 October 2010 at 10:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Graham Davis: no news is good news. And it is obvious the woman is of good character, noble inclinations and full of common sense. One only has to have read her blog and heard her speech. The woman deserves a high place in Government - give her Michael Gove's job, or at least the Education advisor role.

18 October 2010 at 10:48  
Anonymous governor said...

YG, in reference to your request for offers of employment for Miss Birbalsingh, please direct her attention to the educational philosophy of Alexandria Academy and convey the Board of Governor’s sincere interest in offering her a place at Alexandria Academy. The intention of the Board being to acquaint Miss Birbalsingh with the ethos and vision of the school with a eye to returning to the UK to establish a family of such schools across the Nation.

18 October 2010 at 12:26  
Blogger happyuk said...

"Vengeance is mine, I will repay"

Romans 12:19

18 October 2010 at 14:29  
Blogger happyuk said...

I wish I could have had teachers like Ms Birbalsingh, instead of the spiteful, malevolent spinsters I had to endure.

18 October 2010 at 14:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It’s wonderful to live in the cradle of democracy where freedom of speech is so highly regarded unless, of course, one decides to speak the truth. Perhaps she should be called names like ‘fascist’ and ‘racist’ so she doesn’t open her mouth again. She should certainly never be allowed to teach, join the police farce or work in the public sector. Better still let’s engage Marxist Trevor Phillips’ quango army of tax-payer funded lawyers in the EHRC to bring her to court for hate and thought crimes. After all the truth is no defence. How ironic that this ex-Marxist teacher should now be forced to take some of her own medicine.

21 October 2010 at 11:10  

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