The time for action is indeed now. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to get a grammar school established in Sevenoaks. Although this will not help this year's cohort who passed the 11 plus and were offered Knole Academy, this will help future generations of children from Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, and eliminate most of the problems raised on this forum.
Over 2,500 of us are petitioning KCC (the Local Education Authority) to establish a Sevenoaks grammar school. The petition has five days to go, and is here for anyone who still wants to sign it:-http://democracy.kent.gov.uk/mgepetitio ... aspx?bcr=1
The success of the petition has triggered a full Council debate at County Hall in Maidstone on 29th March where we will present our case, and the councillors will debate and then vote on our proposal. All supporters are welcome to attend. Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
if you wish to come.
This year's allocation of secondary school places, where 45 West Kent children (mostly from Sevenoaks) passed the 11 Plus test but were not offered grammar school places, provided a frightening glimpse of the near future when all Sevenoaks children will be outside the catchment areas of the Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells grammar schools, meaning that the super-selective grammar schools will be their only option.
Our children will then be directly competing for grammar school places with children from London, Surrey and Sussex – with the very highest scorers gaining the coveted places, and everyone else losing out.
Our 2,500 supporters believe that the solution is for KCC to establish a Sevenoaks grammar school that operates a catchment area-based admissions policy, and not super-selection. The (shortly to be vacant) Wildernesse site in Sevenoaks appears to be the only suitable location large enough to accommodate the required extra grammar school places.
A Sevenoaks grammar school would ensure that all Sevenoaks and West Kent children who pass the 11 Plus test would receive the grammar school places they deserve, and not just the very highest scorers from across South-East England.
Sevenoaks Grammar School Campaignhttp://sevenoaksgrammar.com