The summer term saw political intrigue in high places, as Education Chairman June Shipton (whose casting vote had started it all off in December) resigned the Tory Whip and started to vote for Elthorne.

Elthorne continued to do well in sport, and exams.

The school closed for summer in high spirits. 31,000 people had signed the petition to the DES to Save Elthorne High.



May 1983 June Shipton resigns Tory Whip on Council and starts to vote for school
September 1983 Ealing Education Ctte reverses decision, and recommends council keeps Elthorne High
18th October. Council rejects Education Ctte recommendation, decided only by one vote
20th October Sir Keith Joseph ratfies Council decision, Elthorne HIgh condemned to close
21st October Council workmen arrive to put up school name sign outside the school...!