Head wel­comes rec­om­men­da­tions ‘un­re­servedly’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Social Mobility Review Findings -

In ev­i­dence to the com­mit­tee, one head teacher said there was an im­pres­sion among some fam­i­lies that gram­mars were “ex­pen­sive in­de­pen­dent schools”.

KCC was also urged to en­sure that it did more to ex­plain what op­tions were avail­able to chil­dren when they ap­plied for sec­ondary schools.

And the author­ity was told it should chal­lenge schools over the num­ber of chil­dren from dis­ad­van­taged back­grounds they were ac­cept­ing.

There was con­cern among county coun­cil­lors that “su­per se­lec­tive” gram­mars were not do­ing enough, with a rec­om­men­da­tion they give pri­or­ity to some chil­dren on the pupil pre­mium.

Dover Gram­mar School for Girls head teacher told the com­mit­tee: “This re­port chal­lenges us all to con­tinue to keep open and to open yet wider, the doors to a gram­mar school ed­u­ca­tion for all our young peo­ple.

“Gram­mar school heads will not rest un­til there is ab­so­lute par­ity of op­por­tu­nity for all young peo­ple re­gard­less of their so­cial and eco­nomic back­ground.”

He added: “The re­port is both a chal­lenge and a timely re­minder of the on­go­ing im­por­tance of that task.

“As a gram­mar school head work­ing daily to en­sure so­cial mo­bil­ity is more than just a slo­gan but a con­spic­u­ous re­al­ity, I wel­come un­re­servedly the re­port and its rec­om­men­da­tions.”

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