Schools let­ter con­demned by more par­ents

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile -

MORE par­ents have con­demned the “con­fus­ing” let­ter sent out by ed­u­ca­tion chiefs which con­tained their chil­dren’s 11-plus exam re­sults.

Fu­ri­ous par­ents claim the let­ter’s word­ing didn’t make it clear whether their chil­dren had passed or not, mean­ing some par­ents and chil­dren un­wit­tingly cel­e­brated a pass only to re­alise hours later their mis­take.

Mrs Anne War­dle, of Tally Ho Road, Kingsnorth, said she had to read the let­ter three times to work out that her daugh­ter Vic­to­ria, 10 had not passed the exam to get into gram­mar school.

She said: “Vic­to­ria read it and couldn’t un­der­stand it at all. It re­ferred to a high school and she had to ask what that was.

“The way the let­ter was writ­ten was aw­ful. It was mis­lead­ing and con­fus­ing.

“They need to re­word it to make it clear whether chil­dren have passed or not.”

The Kent County Coun­cil let­ter, con- cern­ing Kent Gram­mar School As­sess­ment Tests, said that Vic­to­ria has been as­sessed “suit­able for ad­mis­sion to a high school.”

It did not clearly say whether she had passed or not.

Last week Karel Bai­ley, of God­in­ton Park, made a sim­i­lar com­plaint over the let­ter con­cern­ing her 10-year-old daugh­ter Ge­or­gia.

Ini­tially she thought Ge­or­gia had passed the 11-plus un­til it was con­firmed with her pri­mary school that she had not.

KCC’s ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment says that be­cause of the county’s se­lec­tive pro­ce­dure schools are ei­ther classified as gram­mar, high or academy.

The au­thor­ity said it would now con­sider re­view­ing the let­ter’s word­ing.

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Dis­ap­pointed mum Karel Bai­ley and daugh­ter Ge­or­gia with her 11-plus let­ter

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