I was out all morning today talking to parents across North Kingston about the news that Kingston Education Trust has just had its application for a new secondary school accepted. The reaction is overwhelmingly positive. After years of campaigning right across our community, by people of all political colours and of none, our community's children will have a brand new school from September 2014.
Congratulations are due to KET, and most importantly to the hundreds upon hundreds of local parents and campaigners who stood up in support of the KET bid and made themselves heard.
We need a new school, a top quality non-selective school, to serve all our children as they leave our excellent primary schools, and now we are to have one.
I also want to pay tribute to our former MP, Baroness Kramer for her work on this over many years, and of course to Kingston Council who formed part of the Trust that won approval for the school. It's been a long time coming.
It's not easy to set up a new school in this climate. It defeats many communities - but not ours. This innovative model saw the local authority working with local people in order to provide a school for the entire community. It has proved to be successful and that's excellent news for parents and children in this constituency.