Several Conservative Councillors were missing from the September Education Committee meeting (which, of course, was being lobbied by the Save Elthorne campaigners). Labour's Hilary Benn proposed a motion to overturn the previous closure decision, and this was passed by the Committee.

So spirits were high on 18th October outside the Town Hall as the full council met. Elthorne's new intake students joined the lobby for the first time.



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...!