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Old 08-11-2013, 01:59 PM   #77763
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Guardian - Thursday 1 May 2003
And lo, the car dealer begat an academy of faith

If, as Christian educationalists such as Nigel McQuoid believe, history is "a story in which God speaks and acts", then it seems clear that He has, of late, been kept pretty busy in south Middlesbrough. Here, two comprehensives of the kind generally classified as bog-standard, are being closed and their pupils transferred to one of Mr Blair's "city academies", a new type of state school erected with the help, in this case, of a £2m donation from an evangelical car dealer called Sir Peter Vardy. The new headteacher of "The King's Academy", which opens in September, will be McQuoid, imported from Vardy's first venture into state education, Emmanuel College in Gateshead. One of McQuoid's colleagues there, Gary Wiecek, will be vice-principal.

Those unfamiliar with the names of McQuoid and Wiecek may none the less remember last year's story in the Guardian about the promotion of young-earth "creationist" beliefs at Emmanuel, where both men then worked. At the time, McQuoid told Tania Branigan that it was "fascist" to suggest that schools should not "consider the scientific case for creationist theories". It was obvious, however, that some of Emmanuel's leading staff were long past the considering stage.
Many parents may find the compulsory doses of creationist codswallop a small price to pay for their children's academic opportunities, particularly if King's Academy is able to replicate the impressive achievements of Emmanuel, now a beacon school and much admired by Blair. Then again, Blair believes we are all of us "children of Abraham" and is notorious for his desire for more faith schools, even after these spiritual ghettos have been associated, in Bradford, with that city's racial disharmony.
But one of the very great bargains of city academies, for those tempted to endow one, is that once you have put in one or two million, the government pays for everything else, even as the school continues to be subject to the ethos - enforced by his or her chosen trustees - of the original sponsor. Thus, if they put up a convincing application, there is no reason why anyone from the upper reaches of the rich lists, from JK Rowling to, less desirably, Brian Souter, should not endow their very own chains of Harry Potter, or Stagecoach Academies.
Telegraph - 02 Sep 2011
Free schools: Bradford's Kings Academy leads the way

Kings Science Academy in Bradford comes closest to David Cameron's vision of what a free school should be. Its principal is determined to help the poorest pupils
Modern Woman

My first time on Telly in the 1980's- the quality is really bad due to excessive vhs to vhs copying but look out for Sir Peter Vardy as the driver of our Aston Martin Lagonda (well Vardys garages actually loaned us it for the day) The band was Erogenous Zones and a good time was had by all. The presenter is none other than Chris Cowey who went on to produce Top of the Pops and the vid was directed by the brilliant Malcolm Gerrie who I think deserves a knighthood for his services to music - top man
Sunderland Echo - 5 February 2010
Robson Rolls is on sale

A luxury classic car that was Sir Bobby Robson's "pride and joy" is up for sale.

Car dealer Paul Cummings is selling the football legend's Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph at his showroom for an undisclosed sum.

Mr Cummings was asked by Sir Bobby's widow Lady Elsie to sell the upmarket vehicle, which the former England and Newcastle United boss bought from the Peterlee dealer two and a half years ago.

Sir Bobby and Mr Cummings struck up a friendship after meeting through Sir Peter Vardy, head of the Wearside-based Reg Vardy car dealership.

Mr Cummings, 50, of Seaham, said there had been a lot of interest in the car, which is stored at his showroom on the North West Industrial Estate in Peterlee.

Mr Cummings first sourced Sir Bobby's dream car – which once belonged to disc jockey Sir Jimmy Savile – from a Rolls-Royce dealer.

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