To: Bexley School Admissions Team
EQUALITY FOR BEXLEY'S CHILDREN
Stop the crude system of selective and non selective secondary schools. Instead provide the children of Bexley with a range of schools, that provide equally well resourced, staffed and managed educational facilities, appropriate to the ability of each child, as observed by their regular course work at junior school and not from a single entry test.
This is not a campaign against Grammar schools. If Bexley follow a policy of providing schools which produce 98% + results at GCSE's for the highest performing children, it should provide schools that produce 80%+ results at GCSE for the next band of children and so on.
My child achieved 77.1% at the selection test, 0.4% under the required 77.5%. His Head teacher assessed him as a selective pupil and appealed but to no avail.
The children above are being offered access to schools, 98% or more of whose pupils gain 5+ A - C GCSE grades, including Maths and English.
The children below are being offered access to schools, 56% or less of whose pupils gain the above.
Bexley Council and the non selective schools camouflage this by headlining news about 90+% results, but these are excluding Maths and English. They also speak about ‘all ability’ schools, but fail to point out that the 'best' pupils have been extracted.
There is a further issue for Bexley residents, who have paid their Council Tax. In 2008, 262 children living in other authorities were admitted into one of the four grammar schools in Bexley. In 2009, 275 were admitted. 307 in 2010, 330 in 2011, and 357 in 2012.
Drugs were offered to a year 7 pupil at Bexley Grammar school in their first few weeks at the school in September. A local resident was called ' a bitch' by a Bexley Grammar school pupil from within a rowdy group leaving the school. A Freedom of Information request has been submitted to try and find out if these are examples of social problems Bexley is importing to the borough.
Studies have shown parents are paying on average £2758 per child per year in private tuition to try and prepare them for the selection process.
The children become the victims of a flawed adult system.
Why is this important?
To ensure that every child has equal access to a good school appropriate to their ability.
To prevent the separation of a minority of the borough's children to be given the best education, leaving the majority to be given an inferior education.
To remove the distress and psychological damage suffered by the children who 'fail' the test.
To stop money buying advantage in state education.