In response to a number of enquiries following the BBC League Tables publication, showing BHS to be the ‘best state school in Bucks’, the Governors have agreed to admit a further 30 girls to the school in September 2014.
Really? Please ...
If (and I have no idea how big an IF that might be), the school has genuinely got the capacity to admit an additional class of 30, this appears to be a very welcome decision at face value.
Excluding the 3 Aylesbury schools and RLS, and assuming that the mixed schools attract roughly 50/50 girls and boys, the position at present across the southern part of the county is:
Girls: 690 places
Boys: 752 places
For single gender schools, the position is:
Girls: 450 places
Boys: 512 places
This development will go some way towards redressing that balance, which has always struck me as being a historical and highly discriminatory anomaly, given that the 11+ qualification rate is almost 50/50 (there is a very slight bias in favour of boys in most years.)
There are implications for the mixed schools, but I will need to think on those!