Hi Petit pois,
I really do not understand why you have a grudge against FW!!
!! You make me laugh, but it is a sad laugh…
I have absolutely no grudge against FW. Yes I do display an unwarranted snobbishness towards FW, but no less so than say someone from Solihull choosing KES stratford over CHB, mainly for social reasons rather than academic performance.
Five ways represents one of the few really "strong pathways" out of and away from Sandwell mediocrity, available to poorer white working class families. When I say kicking the door down, I mean there is a real strong aspiration for the school across all sections, because people understand clearly what the alternatives are.
If you the parent of a lad (either a black or white lad), then the reports I posted links for and quasimodo link, must surely give enormous pause for thought (and confirm what most already know).
BTW despite HGS strong academic results, parents in many cases have an all or nothing mindset in relation to FW, ruling out HGS.....period
All I am really saying is if I had a chance of a grammar (any grammar) in this part of the world and my DC was a boy, I would think very very very strongly about not taking that opportunity.
Jane I have re checked what I wrote and I think you must have concluded that I was accusing the white boys at FW of vandalism e.g. kicking doors down. I just was using it as metaphor to describe many Sandwell parents desperate search for a decent education institution for their boys, that's all.