All our schools should be better
IN A letter (January 15) I pointed out that the school league tables showed “26 of our schools achieved less than the lowest performing school in deprived, inner city Hackney”. I did not say, as Councillor Jim Wedgebury (Letters, March 8) seems to think, that Kent as a whole does worse than Hackney. Hackney is, as Cllr Wedgebury rightly says, eighth from the bottom of the national league, as one would expect from such a desperately deprived place. My point is that NO school in Kent should achieve less than any school in Hackney. The fact that a quarter of our schools are worse than Hackney’s worst is an absolute disaster for our young people, compelled by law to go to these schools. He says I should find a solution to improving these schools. KCC has been promising to improve them for 20 years or more, yet even with KCC’s massive resources, has failed abysmally. The solution is a system of comprehensive schools but KCC stubbornly refuses to even consider this. Martin Frey, STEP Stop The Eleven Plus, The Street, Appledore, Ashford.
I READ with interest the contents of Cllr Jim Wedgbury’s letter (March 8) when he stated that “grammar schools do a better job of educating our children”. I assume he was basing this statement on their results and league table positions. I cannot comment on whether grammar schools are better. However, I feel Cllr Wedgbury has missed a most obvious point. Grammar schools have the pick of the most intelligent children. And overwhelmingly the more intelligent the child, the better their exam results are. I would suggest grammar schools’ achievements are more related to their pupil intake. Andy Robinson, Centurion Walk, Kingsnorth, Ashford.