What is the real driver for RBWM’s Satellite Grammar project?

Maidenhead bridge at sunset

Maidenhead, Berkshire has a population of 86,000 is situated on the River Thames and sits west of London between the M40 to the north and M4 to the south.

There are around 10,000 young people attending state schools in the town aged between the ages of 4 and 18 years plus a number in the independent sector and a smaller number who attend schools outside of the Royal Borough in adjacent education authorities.

As a result of the proximity of Buckinghamshire schools just across the Thames from Maidenhead (in Burnham, Slough, Marlow and Wycombe) there has been a long-standing reciprocal arrangement with the Bucks education bodies that Maidenhead pupils can sit the 11-plus exam and be offered places at Bucks Grammars, whilst Maidenhead’s Comprehensive schools accommodate Bucks pupils whose parents prefer to see them in a comprehensive a few miles away rather than in a Secondary Modern closer to home. Anyone who has ever travelled the Maidenhead to Marlow branch line in the mornings or early evenings will be well aware of the mass migration of young people across county borders in pursuit of the optimum education experience as chosen by their parents. And this arrangement seems to work for those in Maidenhead who aspire to selective education and many in Bucks who want to escape it.

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Poor consultation creates flimsy mandates in RBWM

Consultation dictionary entry

The town of Maidenhead in Berkshire has a population of 86,000. The Parliamentary constituency is listed as having 74,000 eligible voters. There are around 10,000 young people attending state schools in the town aged between 4 and 18 years plus a number in the independent sector and a smaller number who attend schools outside of the Royal Borough in adjacent education authorities. Yet, only 165 Maidenhead residents completed a council run consultation on the future of secondary education in the Borough in late 2014 and of them only 107 indicated they were in favour of investigating other options for providing more secondary school places.

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