"T.Aldous has signed us up for meeting the proposed new standard on service delivery," he tells us.
"That's surprisingly ambitious of him. It's not like him to be held to account for anything," I replied.
"He thought it was a training course."
I'm almost as surprised to find T.Aldous arranging training for anybody.
A bell rings in the back of my head:
"Shouldn't you be finalising the arrangements for tomorrow's 'Back to School Day'?"
The wan smile I got in reply tells us everything we could need to know.