All our schools should be bet­ter

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

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.

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