On May 20 the excellent West Lodge School in Sidcup—where Alistair Lexden presented prizes last summer—marked the 75th anniversary of its opening in 1940. (His connection with the school arises from its membership of the Independent Schools Association, of which he is President.)
It is a little known fact that the Privy Council, the Queen’s formal body of advsiers, has increased massively in size during recent years. Research by Alistair Lexden, published in The Times on May 15, shows that since the 2010 election 110 new members have been appointed, taking the total to 664.
One of the chief duties of the President of the Independent Schools Association( ISA)—a post that Alistair Lexden has held for two years—is to attend its annual conference.
On April 23, Lord Lexden paid an enjoyable and memorable visit to Al-Furqan Community College in Birmingham at the invitation of its Principal, Mr Amjad Ahmed. Originally established on a very small scale in 1989, the College now provides an excellent education for some 140 children from the age of eleven upwards in the heart of Birmingham. Boys and girls are taught separately in adjacent buildings.
The following letter was published in The Times on April 17
On March 20, Lord Lexden went to Woodbridge High School in Woodford, Essex ( Winston Churchill’s constituency from 1924 to 1964) under the auspices , once again, of the Lord Speaker’s “ Peers in Schools” Outreach Programme.
Alistair Lexden has presented awards to 36 outstanding students. The recipients—some British, some from overseas-- were warmly applauded at a ceremony held at the Lords on March 18.
On March 12 the Lords debated the Dresden bombing with particular reference to the 70th anniversary commemorations held in the city in February.
The Newnham in the title is, of course, the thriving women’s college in Cambridge which developed out of a boarding house that opened in 1871 with just a handful of ardent female students.
On March 5, Lord Lexden visited Christ the King Sixth Form College in Lewisham under the aegis of the Lord Speaker’s ‘ Peers in Schools’ Outreach Programme, of which he is strong supporter.