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Thursday, 03 January 2019 22:47

Kent Alternative New Year’s Honours List (Index Magazine)

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INDEX, A Lifestyle Magazine which publishes two editions in East and West Kent, has drawn up its own Alternative New Year’s Honours List  for ‘Outstanding Men and Women of Kent - unsung heroes who go mostly unrecognised, who excel in their diverse fields and give unconditionally’.

Index Magazine


I feel honoured to be included in both editions along with: Tammy Beaumont, the Kent and England cricket star; and John Warnett, the Radio Kent presenter. The East Kent list also includes: Victoria Pomerey, Director, Turner Contemporary; Razia Shariff, CEO of Kent Refugee Action Network; Peter Taylor Gooby, Trustee of Canterbury Food Bank; Rosie Turner, Director, Canterbury Festival; Rt Revd Trevor Wilmott, Bishop of Dover; and posthumously, Peter Firmin, Artist and Puppet Maker. For West Kent there are: Rt Rev Simon Burton-Jones, newly appointed Bishop of Tunbridge, previously Archdeacon of Rochester Diocese; Deborah Gjeloshaj, Founder of Kitchen Opera, bringing youth opera to West Kent; Alex Green, Executive Director at the Tunbridge Wells Trinity Theatre, together with Arts community work; Richard Hughes, a drummer with pop group Keane and now human rights activist with Amnesty; and Olga Johnson, Co-Founder of Nourish Community Food Bank.

Although the commendation refers to my previous paid and voluntary work supporting admission appeals for children to all types of school, it highlights the section on this website that refers to the provision of information, advice, news and comment freely given, but subsidised to a small extent by advertising. You will find here over 200 pages of information and advice for parents on many aspects of education in Kent and Medway, although also followed by many professionals both locally and nationally.  Over the past 15 years I have undertaken, and in many cases been successful, in campaigns about injustices of various types, several reaching a national audience. 

Talking with the editor of 'Index' after publication, she referred to my very real independence. I do value this highly as will be confirmed by the many in authority I have challenged over the years. I believe I have always acted in and been driven by the interests of young people of Kent and Medway, but make no claim to represent anyone, being solely responsible for any views expressed. 

I am privileged to be in such company.

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  • Comment Link Friday, 04 January 2019 23:34 posted by Emily K

    Peter, you supported our autistic SEN statemented son at a permanent exclusion hearing. We lost because the headteacher lied and the governors covered up for him. At the appeal, you proved the lie and the exclusion was removed, although the panel considered he should not be returned and asked KCC to find an alternative school. To the best of my knowledge the head never had to account for his attempt to destroy my son's life. Thank you for your hard work for Richard and so many other children, I don;t know about. PETER: I was so sorry that whilst we won, we didn't get a better result. Sadly, this head is not alone, although in a minority.

  • Comment Link Friday, 04 January 2019 23:25 posted by Jessica Jones

    Hear Hear! Congratulations Peter, although I fear you will never qualify for a more substantial honour, as you are so uncompromising in your exposure of the truth.

  • Comment Link Friday, 04 January 2019 21:35 posted by Dora Stanford

    Congratulations. I won't be alone in thinking that you deserve more distinguished recognition although I fear that your relentless pursuit of injustice, administrative incompetence, those who deny children opportunities, the questionable business practice of some academy trusts and failings of government policy will not have endeared you to those who award honours! Thank you for your courage and persistence. PETER: Thank you. I have not finished yet!

  • Comment Link Friday, 04 January 2019 13:55 posted by Vicky

    Congratulations Peter from a former St Olave's Grammar parent. Your exposure of the Invicta Grammar scandal of expulsion of Year Twelve students not on target for the highest grades led me to talk with you about the problem we had met at my son's school. Your advice led to this becoming a national story, government issuing instructions to schools forbidding the practice, my son and others being reinstated and the head losing his job. I don't think your contribution has ever been publicly acknowledged. PETER: Thank you for this Vicky, but the outcome was all very different at Invicta. The head falsely claimed that all 22 girls left voluntarily in spite of copious evidence to the contrary. The local media had little interest. The school made no public comment then or subsequently about the matter. There was no regret or apology about students' futures being wrecked and my original article carries some moving stories about these. I suppose we must just be glad that Invicta and many other schools were forced to change the illegal practice as a consequence.

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