I've been sitting on my hands but have decided to join the fray having a child at Skinners'.
Me again - I'm on a roll now.
If Judd or Skinners added an extra class this year, our problem in West Kent would be pretty well solved. Would it kill them?
The issue is not money but space in my opinion. Skinners' in particular is on a very small site and with no room to expand or build additional classrooms so physically wouldn't be able to accommodate another form entry. It already has classes of 30+ and consistently takes over PAN on appeal.
....they couldn't argue that it would be lowering standards because the next batch of 30 kids would probably still have higher scores than they had a few years ago.
I don't think this is a concern - the scores achieved select the children relative to their peers in that year so it will still be the same top percentage who gain places.
...Also it's them who cause the problem by taking out of area children.
I have no problem with taking out of area/county children. Some children just across the border in Sussex live closer to the TW grammar schools than children in the north of the LEA. The issue is a lack of adequate secondary schooling in Sevenoaks for our most able students and yes, I have signed the petition. I think it is daft sending children in the same county over 10 miles to school whereas if there were good schools for all in the local area it wouldn't necessary.