Reading has a lack of schools that is causing problems to patents. Children are traveling miles to schools outside the borough, though as money gets tighter this is being cut back.
Some like Maiden Erlegh in Wokingham have become academies so can set their own admission policies to benefit themselves not the local community. Currently their policy was set by the council, now they are independent we shall see if they change. (last sentence updated to clarify).
Many feel the two grammars, Kendrick and Reading School, are a luxury we can no longer afford. They are being described as state funded private schools.
Concerned Patents are forcing a ballot to decide if these schools can continue as they are.
1 They take 75% of pupils from outside the local authority (Reading) - the highest figure of any grammars in the country (source: Educ dept report 2008) while they took only 23 pupils (2% of 1,000+) in the past 5 years from the 7 primary schools within a mile of both grammars (source: the FoI figures); Alfred Sutton not included because it's 1.2 miles from Kendrick. Only one of these 7 - Redlands - actually qualifies as a “feeder school”.
2 Reading's school places crisis. Growing population with no extra provision after decades of Labour and one year of Tory LD coalition.
3 RBC challenging Wokingham's plan to exclude Park ward parents from local school.
4 In the much-touted “age of austerity”’ why waste public money buying a site then building a University Tech College solution when we've got two perfectly good schools on our doorstep? Two schools which cater for the people living within walking distance (a factor state schools are obliged to consider under the schools admissions code) would be a simple cheap, fair and progressive solution to the school places crisis and chime nicely with the drive to create a much more socially mobile society.
Much of this post comes from
a facebook group "No to Maiden Erlegh Catchment"
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