‘Con­fus­ing’ 11-plus let­ter angers mother

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

A MOTHER has com­plained about a “mis­lead­ing” let­ter that she says didn’t make it clear that her child had failed her 11-plus.

Karel Bai­ley re­ceived a let­ter say­ing 10-year-old Ge­or­gia Bai­ley had been “as­sessed as suit­able for ad­mis­sion to a high school”.

The let­ter does not men­tion pass­ing or fail­ing the Kent Gram­mar School As­sess­ment Test.

Mrs Bai­ley said it was so un­clear that she and her hus­band Mark had at first thought that Ge­or­gia had passed and was el­i­gi­ble for gram­mar school.

Mrs Bai­ley, 42, of Vibur­num Close, God­in­ton Park, said: “For two to three hours we were elated but on fur­ther in­quiries we re­alised she had failed.

“It was like be­ing given a Christ­mas present and hav­ing it snatched back. We have spo­ken to other par­ents who have re­ceived th­ese let­ters and they have also found it con­fus­ing.”

The Bai­leys con­firmed through Ge­or­gia’s pri­mary school, God­in­ton, that she had in fact failed.

Mrs Bai­ley said: “We would rather the let­ter had just said that.

“There was no pres­sure on Ge­or­gia. She gave the exam her best shot and her score showed she was not far from pass­ing.”

Kent County Coun­cil spokesman Ian Tucker said: “We are con­cerned that there was a mis­un­der­stand­ing with the let­ter and have spo­ken with Mrs Bai­ley. As there is se­lec­tive ed­u­ca­tion in Kent, the secondary schools ad­mis­sion brochure de­fines ev­ery school as gram­mar, high or an academy. We are happy to con­sider re­view­ing the word­ing of the let­ters to par­ents.”

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