Drummer Mason says they might stage a final charity gathering – now an alternative school they’ve previously supported faces closure
After the furore surrounding the surprise reunion of Pink Floyd in London two weeks ago, drummer Nick Mason repeated his belief the remaining members could gather one more time – probably for a charity event.
Now it’s been revealed that an alternative school the band supported in the past will close at the end of term due to a lack of funding.
Schoolhouse Education was the beneficiary of a £1000 donation after Floyd played a charity show at Wembley Stadium in 1972. The money helped establish the school, which works with truants who slip through the holes of the mainstream system.
Headteacher Lynda Smith tells the Times Educational Supplement: “We help 15 pupils aged between 14 and 16 who are unable, or unwilling, to attend school. They work really hard – 98% go on to further education and it’s an incredibly productive time for them.”
Schoolhouse has lost out due to changes in public funding, but Smith says closure of an establishment described as “good with outstanding features” by inspectors is “morally wrong.”
In 1972 founder Martin Stellman, who later co-wrote the Who movie Quadrophenia, said: “There were a lot of kids hanging about the streets during the day. Their very presence implied a demand for attention. A group for primary pupils called the Basemen Club was our first step. The children had older brother and sisters who were regularly truanting, so we extended the club to a daily tuition group.
“Without Pink Floyd, we literally would not have survived.”