Name sadly missing

I READ the list of proposed names for the future Lowestoft Sixth Form College, published in The Journal (June 26) with a profound sense of disappointment that the Kenneth Johnson Sixth Form College was not included among them.

I READ the list of proposed names for the future Lowestoft Sixth Form College, published in The Journal (June 26) with a profound sense of disappointment that the Kenneth Johnson Sixth Form College was not included among them.

It is my understanding that the 1972 proposal for the reorganization of education in Lowestoft (to embrace the comprehensive school philosophy) put forward by Ken Johnson (then education officer for Lowestoft Borough) was for a sixth form college, supported by 11 to 16 secondary schools and five to 11 primary schools.

Apparently, this proposal was opposed by many, including the Lowestoft Grammar School, who had no intention of surrendering its sixth form and by the secondary modern schools who saw an opportunity to gain a sixth form and hence improve their educational status.

Now, once again, the infamous education wheel has turned full circle and Mr Johnson's original proposal has been reinvented by Suffolk County Council for immediate implementation.


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What a pity therefore that the name Kenneth Johnson will not grace the new sixth form college and that he is no longer in post to see his original proposal implemented - would it have improved the overall standard of education in Lowestoft in the intervening 37 years? We shall have to wait and see.

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RICHARD BARKER

Former head teacher of Denes High School, Lowestoft (1976-1992)

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Corton

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