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Too many single sex, faith and selective schools mean no choice in Barnet.
The middle of the night terror. There’s no secondary for my daughter! Can I move, tutor or magic a solution? But its a waking nightmare too.
Here in East Finchley, Barnet’s decision to provide a ‘choice’ means that my 10 year old cannot go to a local school. But she could if she were a) male, b) Catholic or c) admitted to the selective.
So no choice then.
But far from being an isolated case, parents in Southern Barnet wanting community schooling are coming out of their personal hell and joining together.
Nearly 500 of us now. We’ve got our MP on side, a great number of councillors and we’ve got Barnet to set up an urgent scrutiny panel to investigate and resolve the issue. Of course, we’ve got a long way to go and its easy to see why councillors who sent their children to public school can seem out of touch with the agony playing out across so many households. But is it too much to ask to have a local, co-ed, non-denom school? Free school? No space, and anyway, we have sufficient schools locally, they just need to change to meet community need.
And as I said to the scrutiny panel recently, we’re not ‘just parents’ our correct title is ‘voters’!
For more info on how we can get a community school for N2, NW11, N3 and N12 contact us here.