I would like to put Zoompad right on a couple of points. The Grand Prix system was never used at HDLG. It was only ever used at a young offenders unit which by the nature of its name tells you that they were dealing with thugs not nice innocent kids.
As for Stuart being very kind to you, well yes because he always told you what you wanted to hear but never actually practiced what he preached. I have sat at the same table as syvret and can assure you the only thing he is interested in is himself and believing he should have what everybody else has without working for it.
November 13, 2011 "
They failed to publish my origional reply to the post above, so I am going to reply to it here. I was too trusting of that blog, I usually save all my posts in advance, but failed to do so that time, so I am responding again. I won't be submitting any more comments onto that blog, as you can never be sure if they will actually be published. I don't mind people not publishing comments that I submit usually, I know sometimes people have good reasons for not doing so, but with that blog the reasons are never for the good, so I won't post there any more. They will be forced into going back to their naughty ways of inventing their own posts and publishing them in my name!
I have also sat at the same table as Stuart, and he certainly did not sugar talk to me. In fact, he gave me a telling off, be mistakenly thought I was having a swipe at Susan Boyle while we were talking, and he rounded on me about that. I wasn't upset though, I was actually really touched by his gallentry. He's a nice man.
As for Grand Prix/Pindown only being used on thugs, that's not true. They were putting runaways into Pindown homes, and some of the kids were very young, not thugs, runaways. I was put into a Pindown home, for trying to run away from being raped and punched. I was a Grammer school student, and I won my entry to the same High school that the poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy attended, (she was there while I was there) through merit. But Staffordshire County Council tried to blacken my character, by falsely and maliciously claiming that I had been expelled by the headmistress Miss Dawson for bad behaviour. In fact, Miss Dawson was the person who tried to persuade me to stay at that school, when I was allowed out of the psychiatric hospital Social Services had kept me in, as a "place of safety". I was too afraid to face all the other girls, I was terrified they would call me a "nutter" so I wanted to change schools, and Miss Dawson tried to persuade me not to. Miss Dawson was a very nice Quaker lady.
But I found out she was still alive, and wrote to her, and we exchanged some letters, she remembered me. Staffordshire Social Services tried to blacken my character, to cover up their dismal failure to protect me, they had taken me out of the frying pan and into the fire, they put me in a Pindown home that was being run by child abusers, and then into a psychiatric hospital even though I was not mentally ill.
So they were using that awful system on children who were certainly not thugs.