GAZETTE COMMENT: We should celebrate the victories as they come

Chairman of governors Lalage Bosanquet, Sir Alan Beith MP, Councillor Robert Arckless and pupils Jade Barrett and Catherine Jackson with other guests at the turf cutting ceremony for the new high school in Alnwick.'Picture Jane Coltman
Chairman of governors Lalage Bosanquet, Sir Alan Beith MP, Councillor Robert Arckless and pupils Jade Barrett and Catherine Jackson with other guests at the turf cutting ceremony for the new high school in Alnwick.'Picture Jane Coltman

Credit where credit’s due – that should be the reaction to the news that the rebuild of the Duchess’s Community High School is officially underway.

And it isn’t necessarily any group or individuals that need the credit, just the collective effort on behalf of future generations of the town’s young people to get us where we are today.

There may be some murmurings about whether the new school could cope as a secondary school in the event that a two-tier system is brought in without expansion, and thus significant expenditure.

However, the battle to get this far has lasted so long that it would be churlish at this stage to focus on anything other than what is, for now, a large step forward for education in the town.

It was the same when the announcement of A1 dualling was made last December; yes, there is work still to do and issues that will arise, but let’s be pleased that some of our calls have been heeded, rather than always focusing on what we haven’t got.