it's really sad to think some parents are expecting their children to travel so far. Have the children been part of the decision-making process I wonder? Surely they can't feel properly immersed in school life if they can't be part of orchestra/choir/rugby team and such! It would be good to the think the schools stress the importance of extra-curricular clubs to out-of Essex potential parents; perhaps the parents could also be strongly encouraged to make the trip themselves every day for a week, to see how tiring & time consuming (not to mention expensive) it is.
Another thought - I'll bet that there are some days when a very early start is required, eg for a school trip - how do children from so far away manage?
I have to admit scattymum that even 4 years ago I would have agreed with you.However I have 2 at CCHS and certainly the younger one has many peers in her class making the journey from London boroughs such as Tower Hamlets. In fact the year she got in(just) ,was the highest ever amount applying to CCHS and I think it was the "London factor." She has at least 3 friends from Newham and Tower Hamlets.
The schools in that area, with one or two church based schools as exceptions, struggle with all the issues of inner city comps.I think I might well bus my child out of an environment where I feared for their physical safety.Yes there are a lot of ways in which the system is unfair but if the opportunity was there....I would probably take it
I have taught in inner london schools but in all honesty, not sure if I could be at peace with my children being there if there was another choice.
My older daughter has a friend at CCHS who comes from deepest Suffolk - it was her choice and she really has coped with a 6 am get up.She spends a lot of time at our house when there are social events but I don't mind - she is lovely and her parents felt it was the best choice for her.Most of the Essex grammars do most of their clubs at lunchtimes for this reason.
It is all very
imperfect for sure, but I am not sure, if faced with a truly unsafe and failing comp,(of which there are now none here in Chelmsford), that I wouldn't do the same.