Mike Kent in the TES on an innovative way to demolish toilets

January 21, 2011 at 3:37 pm 1 comment

by Alec Patton

In this week’s TES, Camberwell headteacher and regular columnest Mike Kent wrote a tribute to his school’s former premises officer, ‘Dave’, who recently died from diabetes. It included the following, absolutely brilliant story:

Dave had a talent for grabbing an opportunity when he saw one. When we decided to remove the old toilets in the playground to create an environmental area, Dave got a quote from the education authority. “£6,000 to knock them down and cart the bricks away?” Dave said. “Let me think about this … “.

Shortly afterwards, I drove into school and found a heap of rubble where the toilets had been. He had spotted a JCB coming along the road, walked out in front of it and offered the driver £200 cash if he would drive it into the lavs. Delighted, the driver willingly obliged. Meanwhile, we were still faced with a huge pile of bricks. “No problem,” said Dave. “We’ll hire a skip and Year 6 can throw the bricks into it. Just don’t tell Health and Safety … “.




Entry filed under: Education & Children's Services, Radical Efficiency.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Raj  |  January 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    This made me laugh soooo much – love it – nice one Alec.


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