ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Wednesday 29th May 2002
The Dog and Bear Hotel, Lenham Kent
This was the third Annual General Meeting of Support Kent
Schools, attended by twenty-five members. Eric Hammond, Chair
of the Management Committee took the chair. In opening the meeting,
he welcomed those present and described the proceedings to follow.
Apologies for Absence were received from Mr and Mrs Ian Tough.
A number of members had informally expressed regret at being unable
The Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of 15th March 2001
were approved as a correct record of that meeting.
Presentation of the Report of the Committee and Financial Accounts
was made primarily by the Chairman. He gave a comprehensive summary
of activities over the period since the last AGM. In particular he
mentioned the correspondence with the DfES following STEP's request
to ERBS for parental numbers to be collated, and with Revd Caperon
of Bennett Memorial School, who did not agree with our views. The
Chairman suggested that we could take some comfort from the wording
of the Secretary of State's letters. He asked whether we should consider
disbanding; he thought not. The legislation was still with us and
Ministers could change together with the Regulations; besides there
were two other pressing problems, i.e. Secondary Admissions process
in Kent and the threat to Sixth Forms from the Learning Skills Council,
to justify our continued existence. His report was well received by
Richard Avery gave a short report on administration, finance and membership.
Anthony Stanton reported on the Kent Secondary Admissions process.
The current year had caused chaos and distress; he thought that next
year would be "really bad". And it was felt that admissions
legislation to be introduced in the forthcoming Education Act would
not do Kent any favours. Fortunately, the admissions arrangements
in Medway were not causing difficulty.
A general discussion followed, principally concerned with the
Kent Admissions process. The suggestion from Lord Mayhew that SKS
should lobby Kent LEA, particularly to challenge the stance of some
Foundation and Aided schools on conditional admissions, was agreed.
The officers would deal with this urgently and would also arrange
to issue an appropriate press release.
The proposal "That the Report of the Committee and Financial
Statements shall be accepted" was then put to the meeting
by the Chairman. This was supported by Anthony Stanton and unanimously
agreed by all those members present.
The proposal "That Messrs Shaikh & Co be reappointed as
the company's accountants and that the Board is authorised to fix
their remuneration" was then put by the Chairman and supported
by Mrs Kitty Stokes. It was unanimously agreed by all those members
There being no other business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.45