Tuesday 22 March 2011

Update from the Vaughan Parents' Action Group

A quick update on the affairs of the Vaughan Parents' Action Group:

We have outgrown our old website and are pleased to be able to launch a brand new website where we will be posting all the campaign news from now on. Our new website can be found at:


Our list of distinguished patrons is growing at a great pace. We are delighted to announce that the eminent QC, Anthony Speaight, Judith Mossman, Professor of Classics at Nottingham University, and the distinguished composer, Colin Mawby (former Master of the Music at Westminster Cathedral) have all done us the honour of accepting our invitation to become patrons in the past few days.

For short biographies of all our patrons, please go to the patrons' page of our website http://savethevaughan.com/

· We are still awaiting the outcome of the 9th March Appeal Court hearing about the composition of Cardinal Vaughan's Governing Body, at which judgment was reserved. Win or lose, our campaign to save the Vaughan will continue until the Diocesan director of education, Paul Barber, is removed from the Governing Body and two parents, with children at the school, are appointed as foundation governors.

· Our next event is on Wednesday 6th April, when the Governing Body meets at the school to discuss, among other things, the appointment of a new Headmaster. We will hold our second vigil of prayer and music, from 6.30pm - 8.00pm outside the school gates on this day. We intend the occasion to be a great celebration of the Catholic faith and of our commitment to the school. Do please join us if you possibly can. 89 Addison Road, London W14 8BZ. We are asking the chairman of the governors, John O'Donnell, to meet parents beforehand, to answer their questions about the future direction of the school.

· Toby Young, who founded the West London Free School which opens in September, has written about the Cardinal Vaughan dispute in the March 19th edition of the Spectator magazine. His article can be found here: http://www.spectator.co.uk/columnists/all/6788063/status-anxiety-a-lesso...

· We are gathering signatures for a petition of support for our aims which will be presented to Archbishop Nichols in due course.

The Vaughan Parents' Action Group is determined to preserve the Vaughan's distinctive Catholic ethos, its London-wide intake, and its academic, musical and sporting excellence and will pursue its campaign to ensure this relentlessly and by every possible means.


Prayers, please!

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