I write in relation to Chris Ryan’s comments in Wonders & Blunders (28 May, page 32) on Thomas Deacon Academy, of which I am a director

Although he’s entitled to his comments on architecture, his comments on whether the school works as a place of learning are simply wrong.

Thomas Deacon has achieved consistently good and improving results since it opened in 2007 and is on course to repeat this in 2010. It is a good example of a well-managed school; as a non-selective local comprehensive school it is over-subscribed and popular.

Mr Ryan goes on to compare Thomas Deacon to well-established private schools, saying it misses the point. Hasn’t he somewhat missed the point of comprehensive education? Perhaps he should restrict his comments to soldiering.

Miles Delap, partner, Gardiner & Theobald