Press Release – 14th June 2018

The “Excellent Education for Everyone” campaign group, set up to oppose the introduction of a new grammar school into Maidenhead and to publicise the success of its existing comprehensive schools, has today spoken about the impact of school cuts and grammar school expansion on schools in the Prime Minister’s constituency.
Kendrick Grammar School in Reading and John Hampden Grammar School in Buckinghamshire have both started consulting on proposals to expand their intake with a view to applying for a share of £50 million earmarked by the Government.
The money has been set aside for grammar school expansion for schools who “have ambitious and realistic plans for increasing access for disadvantaged pupils’ in accordance with the DfE guidance. At present 4% of John Hampden’s pupils and 2.1% of Kendrick’s pupils are in receipt of pupil premium. The average figures of pupils in receipt of pupil premium in the two local authorities is between 30-40%.
At the same time, a local primary school in Maidenhead, St Edmund Campion, has emailed parents with an Amazon wish list, citing the reduced school funding and the potential impact of that on its teaching resources. The list contains consumable resources that the school continually requires including pens, pencils, stamps, envelopes, plasters and toilet roll. The toilet roll is marked as the highest priority on the list.

“In the same week that schools in two neighbouring authorities have announced plans to access the £50 million fund for expanding grammar schools, a primary school in the Prime Minister’s own constituency has been forced to create an Amazon wish list asking parents to buy basic essentials.

The government claims to want to make Britain a country that works for everyone, but seems intent on doing the exact opposite. Excellent Education for Everyone continues to campaign for all children to receive an excellent, fairly funded education, not just a select few.”

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Press Release – June 5th 2017

Education campaign group issues plea to voters in RBWM

Maidenhead-based campaign group Excellent Education for Everyone is urging residents not to vote Conservative or for any other candidate or party in favour of selective education, in the forthcoming General Election.
The campaign group was specifically set up to oppose a grammar school coming into the Borough, supports the existing, highly successful comprehensive system, and will resist unproven claims for the success of selection.
The move follows a review of the education policies laid out in the manifestos of the main parties standing in the Maidenhead and Windsor constituencies.

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Timeline of events

We thought that it would be useful to document the series of events that led to the creation of Excellent Education For Everyone, covering each action that the council took on this journey as well as bringing together references to any support or opposition that they received. We will update this over the course of the coming months so you can check back here any time for the latest situation. Some of the information presented here has been made available to us through Freedom of Information requests whilst other documents are on public web sites. Wherever possible we have provided links to copies of original documentation so that you can see the evidence for yourselves.

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