The English Schools Foundation has turned down a request for a second meeting with Beacon Hill School parent-teachers' association to discuss the inspection report crisis that led to the resignation of principal Robert Lyden. The PTA called for a new meeting following a closed-doors session with ESF executive officers last week that ended with parents passing a resolution to consider withholding school fees for a month from January 1. Following that meeting, ESF director of human resources John Tustin said the foundation would continue a dialogue with parents and consider a request for a further meeting with chief executive officer Jennifer Wisker, who is about to retire. But ESF officer John Bohan has since written to the PTA to say the foundation prefers to deal with the school council. 'I fully accept that a continued dialogue can promote greater understanding for all concerned. In this respect the school council . . . has responsibility for the overall management of the school, and I believe that this is the correct and most appropriate forum for addressing the concerns of all parties,' he said. The ESF has also rejected a parents' request that they be consulted before any further changes are made to the Kowloon Tong primary school. Mr Bohan told them: 'The ESF ordinance does not give PTAs the power to 'require that all future changes to leadership and management . . . be put to parents first'.' PTA vice-chairman Laurence Jones, who also has a seat on the council, declined to comment on matters of substance prior to a meeting between the foundation and council scheduled for Monday, but said the 'proof of the pudding would be in the eating'. 'We will be seeking full and comprehensive answers to questions raised over the past couple of weeks by parents and teachers,' he said. He added he would be reporting the outcome of Monday's meeting to the PTA on Tuesday. Parents are still contesting the findings of the inspection report that led to Mr Lyden's resignation, the transfer of deputy principal Jonathan Straker to Glenealy School and the resignation of ESF primary schools officer David Coles. They have renewed their backing for Mr Lyden and vowed to fight for Mr Straker to be allowed to stay at Beacon Hill. Parent Channi Matharu said he couldn't understand why the ESF had suddenly decided to play it by the book and deal with the school council. 'It hadn't met for two years until the week of the report and now the ESF wants to carry on dialogue with it. 'It's a case of locking the stable door after the horse has bolted,' he said. Mr Matharu said parents' main concern now was to be positive and safeguard their children's education.