PB Mum wrote:
Sorry, can't seem to open the webiste ref you've given (my ineptitude, no doubt). In recent history both schools have taken on merit, as opposed to catchment, so presumably they are simply complying with 'politics' and allowing submissions against this policy to be made? Forgive me if I've misread this....
The article can be accessed via the main Judd website address, then click on "school" then "admissions":
Both Judd and Skinners used to have a catchment, in fact a reading of the history of the two schools shows how both were founded to provide for the needs of local children.
The schools having this form of open admissions policy has led to boys Grammar places in West Kent being in increasingly short supply, with the problem resulting in Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys having to open whole new forms to compensate - which presents whole new challenges (not least health & safety).
The open admissions policy has also led to the situation of pupils travelling huge distances both ways to get to school each day. Some West Kent pupils on the doorstep of Judd & Skinners in the past have been given places in Folkestone and Sittingbourne, and then you have children travelling long distances to these schools (e.g. from Lewisham, Bromley, out of county, plus the far reaches of Kent) which seems a little crazy.
I would have thought an admissions policy favouring children in reasonable commuting distance to these schools would be more sensible..
Any thoughts would be welcomed