Mantra of choice is really no choice at all

Rachel Cook

So, RBWM is still in favour of the establishment of a satellite grammar school in Maidenhead despite our new prime minister’s 'one nation' approach. Can I remind them (again) it is the affluent whose children are most likely to pass the 11-plus test?

For those who 'fail' the test this causes them to lose confidence in their abilities at a very young age when they are only just beginning to explore learning. For those who pass (many are privately coached to do so) things don’t seem that straightforward either. Independent education consultants say 'it is difficult to say  those children who now ‘pass’ the test are necessarily those with the ‘natural’ academic ability and potential'.

The mantra of 'choice' of a grammar school is really no choice at all. You cannot rock up to the gates of a grammar school. You either pass the test when you are 10 years old, or you don’t. If you don’t then what 'choice' remains if your future is consigned to the next generation of 'secondary moderns' (as in Bucks where many 'failed' children flee their system to be schooled here)?

Surely our councillors understand  the introduction of a grammar school into Maidenhead carries a huge risk of negatively affecting our non-selective state schools?

So please, Theresa May, ensure my children have the opportunity to go to an excellent local school whatever their academic abilities.

Please say no to the expansion of grammar schools here.

Rachel Cook

Rutland Road

Maidenhead

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