How to get poor pupils into the best state schools?

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How to get poor pupils into the best state schools?

Post by JIM CURRAN » Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:39 pm

How to get poor pupils into the best state schools? Smash the glass floor

Every year, at the beginning of July, hundreds of boys converge on Gary Hickey’s school to sit an exam that only about one in six will pass. And every year the headmaster gets a somewhat disturbing insight into the things some parents will do to ensure their child gets the golden ticket.

It’s not at all unusual, apparently, when the bigger cars roll up to the gate, to spot personal tutors in the back, pushing their 10-year-old charges through one last 11-plus test paper. Parents whose children fail to get into this popular state grammar despite such cramming will often ring Hickey in tears; once a mother demanded that he write a formal letter berating her child for having failed, and expressing his disappointment that the child had not worked harder. (Thankfully, she got short shrift).





Touring the undeniably lovely Adams’ Grammar School, in Newport, Shropshire – full of friendly, articulate children working with quiet purpose – it’s easy to see why competition is fierce. But if Hickey gets his way, there may soon be a slightly different crowd at the gates.
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