...But celebrations marred by Unsporting Conduct from the Managers
Guest blog by ‘Shankly’s Pony’
Green Left Reds may be a political niche too far, but all Wembley Matters readers can take some pleasure in the success this season of local lad and ex Copland student Raheem Sterling. In addition to helping to guide Liverpool FC to League success and being selected for England’s World Cup campaign in Brazil, last weekend Raheem achieved the ultimate accolade: starring in Paul Trevillion’s cult comic strip ’You Are The Ref’ in Sunday’s Observer (above).
At the footballing star’s old school, however, foul play is the norm. Fourteen more compulsory redundancies are among the fixtures for this term, despite the IEB’s promise that there would be none. Copland’s athletics and football fields will be flogged off for housing or offices just as soon as they can figure out who actually owns the land and how the little matter of the title restriction can be fixed. Strangely enough, events at the school seem more and more to be influenced by the world of professional football.
Having early on adopted the Millwall fans’ slogan of ‘Nobody likes us, We don’t care’ (accepting reality rather than out of choice) the management handed Copland over to a bunch of dodgy millionaires (as at Chelsea,Fulham FC, Manchester City, Cardiff et al). To find the new school’s new ‘manager’ these shysters plumped for the ‘Chosen One’ method which they presumably judged had been so successful in selecting David Moyes for Man United. The drafted-in owners are now trying to impose a new name on the school (as at Hull City) and are about to completely change the school strip (see Cardiff). Soon the ground will be moved (not quite as far as Milton Keynes, see Wimbledon FC) and most of the ground staff have already been ‘let go’.
If, in September, the school actually is taken over by the ‘Chosen One’ Ms Bates, (no relation to Leeds United’s Ken, hopefully) , Copland will have had more managers in recent times than the notoriously profligate Blackburn Rovers (six since you ask). This is not to mention the Delia Smith connection (Ark Wembley head, TV cook and Norwich City majority shareholder) or the remarkable similarities between the organisational prowess demonstrated by respectively Ark’s attempt at a consultation and Torquay United’s attempt at a defence.
But as we enter the end-of-season ‘run-in’, the mythmakers of Ofsted are about to show that it’s all been worthwhile. At the end of the summer term the final prewritten chapter of the prewritten narrative journey will be taken down off the shelf and added to last autumn’s Prewritten Ofsted Inspection Report 1 ( ‘It’s going to be a struggle but if we all pull together, and with 58 redundancies, Copland might just make it’) which was followed by last month’s release of Prewritten Ofsted Inspection Report 2 ( ‘Following tough DfE policies, honest and objective Ofsted verification, and 75 redundancies, Everything at Copland is Getting Better and Better ’).
Leaks from the government department which writes these things confirmed last October that the final chapter, due in July, declares: ‘Mission Accomplished!: After 119 redundancies and with the new leaner and fitter curriculum offer of only 2 subjects (Malaysian Maths and Singaporean Maths) Copland is now Fit For Purpose! The management and both remaining members of the teaching staff are to be congratulated on their achievement.’
By then, of course, Raheem Sterling’s form might well have continued on its current trajectory and brought England a hat full of goals in Brazil. Let’s hope so. It’s just a pity that the only ones celebrating at what remains of his old school will be a bunch of hedge fund billionaires, the spineless guardians of local democracy at Brent Council (or those who survived the May 22 play-offs), a couple of hapless Future Leaders: and Michael Gove.
Never mind, you can be confident that, with Ofsted providing the facts and figures to support their ‘evidence-based’ bullshit (and nobody around anymore to remember what life was actually like before the Pigs took over) , it will inevitably go down in history as the greatest season Copland ever had.