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"We Need a School" in need of a new leader after their founder quits

posted Feb 14, 2011, 3:25 PM by Admin Admin   [ updated Feb 22, 2011, 5:48 AM by Tim Dix ]

The founder and chairperson of "We need a school" (WNAS) appears to have quit suddenly today citing the toll the process has taken on her family life.

We also have unconfirmed reports that two other prominent members of the WNAS team have left including a director and a member of their fund raising team. Both appear to have been with the group since 2009 and one even went to Number 10 to visit the Prime Minister and Michael Gove the Education Secretary along with their leader Juliet Pomerance.

"For three prominent members of WNAS to leave just as the group were on the verge of receiving government approval for their scheme is quite unbelievable" said a member of the 'Save Woolmer Green Campaign' and a long term resident of Woolmer Green.  He added, "Perhaps they have finally realised that their huge secondary school is neither needed nor wanted in the small rural village of Woolmer Green". Perhaps indeed they have taken notice of Richard Thake, Executive member for education and skills at Herts County Council who was quoted as saying "We’d be looking to support a Free School only if it’s in the right place, and a school in Knebworth or Woolmer Green is not where the most demand is."

It is unclear who is running their campaign now but we understand that Andy Payne, who is not listed at companies house as a director of 'We Need a School Ltd', is still there along with sole remaining founding director Stephen Ingrey who we believe to be their accountant.

We believe that WNAS previously lost their Woolmer Green liaison officer around a year ago so we're also unsure if they have anyone left on their governing committee that lives in the village that they want to build their 800+ pupil/100+ staff secondary school in.