Why “Excellent Education for Everyone” – isn’t that what we all want?

Excellent education in action

Well, yes, it should be. However, RBWM are seeking to create a grammar school in Maidenhead. In most local education authorities (including RBWM), grammar schools were abolished decades ago, mainly because it was found that they didn’t improve social mobility, so pupils from less well-off families were less likely to get into a grammar school. Pupils who didn’t pass the 11+, and who therefore didn’t get into a grammar school, went to “Secondary Moderns”. As these schools didn’t get the top achieving pupils, their results didn’t always meet expectations and so began a downward spiral – lower results, lower expectations, harder to recruit the best teachers…

No-one wants that for Maidenhead. Do they?

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