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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:24 pm 
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Is seems that it is no longer possible to give preference to the children who attend a Southend primary school and the proposed changes will include children who live in Wakering, Rochford, Hockley, Hullbridge, Rayleigh, Canvey Island, Hadleigh and Benfleet.
It seems that a lot of changes are happening at the Essex Grammar Schools at very short notice. I feel sorry for the parents of Y5 children! :(


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:34 pm 
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Yes DS brought home school bulletin copied extract onto KEGs proposed changes thread.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:03 am 
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This could put a spanner in the works for some who ferry into prep schools from afar. Boundary changes will probably help most?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:21 am 
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nini wrote:
Is seems that it is no longer possible to give preference to the children who attend a Southend primary school and the proposed changes will include children who live in Wakering, Rochford, Hockley, Hullbridge, Rayleigh, Canvey Island, Hadleigh and Benfleet.
It seems that a lot of changes are happening at the Essex Grammar Schools at very short notice. I feel sorry for the parents of Y5 children! :(


Is this the same info as this headline

http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/9515590 ... _shake_up/

or is this something new. There are no details, so I don't really understand it? Has anyone heard anything more? I really wish DS wasn't in this year's Y5!!


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:35 am 
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Does anyone have a link to any more information on this? Is it saying that SH and WH are no longer 'reserving' a certain numer of places for those who attend a Southend Primary School?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:57 am 
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For admissions policies and consultations you need to check the school websites. I found the following consultation
http://www.shsb.org.uk/newsroom/Finalco ... uments.pdf


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:17 am 
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mitasol wrote:
For admissions policies and consultations you need to check the school websites. I found the following consultation
http://www.shsb.org.uk/newsroom/Finalco ... uments.pdf


Thank you for that, I've had a read.

I feel a bit despondent about all of the changes this year, to be honest. I see that the 4 heads of the grammars don't think this will change much, but living in Southend where our alternatives to the grammars are pretty dire-having priority places was such a relief. Those schools out in Hockley, Rayleigh etc have some much better alternative catchments, so to have those PLUS priority for the grammars seems unfair. Our catchment school had 14% of children get 5 A-Cs at GCSE last year; that's our alternative :(

I expect those living in the new priority area feel very differently to me though!


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:30 am 
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I have two sons who attend SHSB from out of borough. We love the school and feel so blessed that our sons got places. We were made aware of these changes in our parent bulletin and I must say it made by stomach churn. I really do feel for all of you with children in year 5 at the moment. The changes to the admissions criteria seem to be coming thick and fast. It does seem unfair to me that they aim to implement these changes so quickly.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:01 am 
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ii) A further objection may arise from the secondary schools in the extended postcode
area which are comprehensive in their intake. However, they have been dealing with
‘cross-border traffic‘ entering the selective system for many years and we do not anticipate
any significant increase in the loss of the most able pupils from their school.

What a load of twaddle :roll: I bet they are furious!!


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:03 am 
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Can anyone hazard a guess how this might affect marks required to get in to the Southend grammar schools?


If it was about 65% to get into SHSB out of catchment and about 56% for in-catchment-will these (albeit approximate) figures change substantially?


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