First of all, well done all of you – 550 hits yesterday and progress in Queens Park – but not from Westfield itself, from the local communities there (see the addition to yesterday’s blog). We know that Harrold parents and lower schools are screaming for an open meeting so keep emailing, phoning and writing to the Head there….and the other middle schools of course…it is your right to hear both sides of the argument in a democratic debate.
There are 6 independent schools in Bedford that have GCSE results published by the DCSF – the 4 Harpur Trust Schools, St.Andrews and Rushmoor. Compared to 7 state upper schools. We have one of the largest proportions of independent schools of any authority in the country, possibly the largest.
When the consultation document was published, it showed an average for 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths of 46.7% for Bedford compared to 47.6% for the whole of England. Not very much difference…but we are lower it would seem…
WRONG. Some brilliant investigative work by a member of SMS led to the admission by the DCSF that the all-England average includes independent schools, whereas the local authority averages only include state schools. So…they are comparing apples and pears…and if you include the 6 independent schools again…
…why not email the man responsible for this pig’s ear of a statistical comparison to ask him what happens when you include the independent schools again? His name is John Goldsmith and he may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Morning John.
The independent schools in Bedford do a lot of good for the community and SMS applauds their work with John Bunyan especially, which will reopen as a new academy with the aim of raising standards. However, as charities that need to support themselves similar to businesses, they must be rubbing their hands with glee at any change to a “two”-tier system of education. Parents will be flocking towards them. Two quotes from parents I have heard recently.
“Well it won’t affect us. We’ll be taking our child out of state school immediately it is announced and putting her in the Harpur Trust”
“I support the state system. I went to a comprehensive school. We’re not rich, but I would bankrupt myself rather than put my children through a system in crisis.”
Many people don’t have these choices. ACT NOW to help everyone avoid this impending disaster.