There is another interview
in the press* this morning with Toby Young.
Entitled "Can Toby Young's free school succeed?", the Guardian's interview contains the following nuggets:
"...the London Oratory (attended by two of Tony Blair's children), with which the school will have a formal partnership."
"If any pupils "passionately want to do a subject like DT", they can go for "a period or two" at the Oratory."
Four weeks ago, parents at the London Oratory, some of whom had written to the governors expressing concern at the proposed partnership with the West London Free School, were told this by the headmaster and chairman of the governors:
"The proposed partnership with the West London Free School has caused some concern in the feedback from parents. The initial idea behind the partnership was to assist a school that was starting up and which needed support. We have been advised that the partner should be an existing school rather than a new school and accordingly, we are now looking to identify another school with which to go into formal partnership."
So is there a formal partnership with the WLFS or not?
Furthermore, at the Oratory parents' meeting to discuss LOS becoming an Academy, the headmaster said the extent of the relationship with the WLFS would not include LOS pupils but would be at a level of staff support - currently music.
So where has this notion of WLFS pupils getting DT lessons at the Oratory come from? If it's a misquote, then I'm sure Toby Young will jump on here soon enough to explain.