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Are you aware that Bucks are now planning to make their grammar schools even less accessible to the majority of families? They have a consultation running at present on their plans to remove free transport to grammar schools if there is a secondary /upper school nearer than the grammar school. Basically most families will have to pay to get their child to a grammar school if it is over three miles away and there is an upper school nearer. Their commitment to selective education (all Bucks kids take an 11plus) is falling apart. They even say we 'consider that an upper school is able to provide an adequate education for a grammar-qualified pupil'. The whole issues of school catchments is collapsing too because they won't provide transport if you live over three miles from your catchment school but there's another secondary school over the county border that's nearer.
Very interesting - would someone be able to write a longer post for us on this issue?
The fact remains that it isn't really bucks that are doing this, yes they have to save costs on transport as they are inordinately high ( 18 million high), much higher compared to comprehensive neighbours. Bucks only maintains one grammar as the rest are academies, and the grammars themselves will be the ones to aid in the 'falling apart' syndrome you've described, the second one or two of them gets even slighlty selfish. And that is already happening.
Does that mean the selective academies should be funding the transport to their schools - are they refusing to do that?
Were you aware that two grammars are considering changin their admissions criteria to a 131 score on the 11+ thereby on taking the best of the best. elitism pure and simple.
I am not sure we were aware of this - would you be able to post more information on the site and let us know how this is viewed by other local schools?
We don't know how it's being viewed yet, but considering a higher proportion of lower test scores are from more disadvantaged backgrounds and minorities this would suggest they are weeding out those they don't want. If students are unable to get into those two grammars but their nearest is outside the new catchment for free transport, the parents will have to pay to send them to one further away.
As a Governor of a Secondary Modern School in Bucks, i am profoundly concerned about the inequality and inequity of our Selection System..
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