POLL: Should a satellite grammar school be built in Maidenhead?

With the Royal Borough saying it will continue to explore the possibility of building a satellite grammar school in Maidenhead, the Advertiser asked the public whether not they backed the idea. Vote in our poll and let us know your thoughts too.


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Engineer Nick Hooper, 35, of College Glen, Maidenhead, said: "I didn't go to a grammar school myself but I am of the opinion that it offers a different option of education for parents.

"For some parents it works and for others it doesn't so I do support the idea of more grammar schools."

Jen Francis, 37, an in-house lawyer of Belmont Road, Maidenhead, said: "I am a bit nervous about grammar schools as I come from a state school background.

"I have had many debates about the subject and have thought long and hard about it.

"I feel like they are robbing children of their childhood and it puts them under so much pressure at an early age."

Amanda Sutton, 46, of Cranbrook Drive, Maidenhead, is a teacher herself.

She said: "Grammar schools do provide opportunities for children from all backgrounds to do well in their education.

"However we do have a lot of good comprehensive schools in the borough like Furze Platt and Newlands.

"So I don't really feel there is a need for a grammar school in Maidenhead."

Mark Blackburn, of St Mark's Crescent, Maidenhead, is an executive in a software company.

The 50-year-old said: "I went to a grammar school but I gave my own children a choice as I felt like I missed out as I did not socialise with children from all backgrounds.

"Comprehensive schools offer children a chance to integrate with others so I don't think it is a good idea to build one in Maidenhead.

"They should invest the money in our current schools instead."

Travel consultant Charlotte Gale, 46, of Alwyn Road, Maidenhead, said: "I don't think grammar schools are a good idea and I am the minority with my friends.

"I come from a state education background and we have some amazing schools in the borough.

"Grammar schools put children under enormous pressure and I don't agree with them."


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