by Jonathan Petre IN A dramatic reversal of fortune, De La Salle teacher training college in Manchester can now see hope for its future.
In a meeting with the Catholic bishops last week, Sir Keith Joseph, who originally decided last year to terminate teacher training at the college — which would have effectively meant its closure — said he was prepared to review his decision.
Brother Wilfred, the principal of De La Salle, Hopwood Hall, said this week he was delighted with the news. "Here in Manchester we have had a glorious sunny day, and that reflects the mood of the college," he said.
Discussions with the DES had been suspended because the College was planning to take it to court over the decision.
The college, which has been fighting a vociferous and highly organised campaign since the decision was taken, issued a brief statement.
It reads: "At a meeting between the Catholic Bishops and the Secretary of State for Education and Science on June 28, Sir Keith Joseph made known a willingness to review his decision with respect to De La Salle College, Manchester.
"In consequence, the governors of the college have decided it was no longer necessary to continue the judicial review of the Secretary of State's decision."