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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:15 am 
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Spotted this recently:

http://www.kenttrustweb.org.uk/communic ... tinid=7345

You can find your own area later on in the document it links you to.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:26 pm 
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Thanks Mystery, this bit was interesting...

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Over 3,000 out of County children travel into Kent Secondary schools (predominantly grammar schools). This figure includes approximately: 800 children from Medway, 1,300 children that travel into Dartford from London Boroughs (mainly Bexley Borough), 250 that travel into Tonbridge and 500 into Tunbridge Wells.

Only around 30% of children resident in Sevenoaks attend mainstream Secondary provision within Sevenoaks District; approximately 1,100 travel to Dartford, 1,300 to Tonbridge and 750 to Tunbridge Wells.


That is a lot of additional mileage for some children.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:06 pm 
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Maybe not as high as it looks - they are talking about Sevenoaks District I think, and there will be places in Sevenoaks District where it would be closer to go to a town in another district than in Sevenoaks District.

Also, you're not going to stop people who don't live in Kent wanting to go to grammars in Kent - you can't discriminate in school admissions by local authority area. And we export children too. From where I live we could go to school in Sussex, Kent or Surrey. A lot of children do go outside Kent from here as the schools are closer than Kent schools (and better than some of the Kent non-selectives).

It's a lot of miles that get travelled to secondary school everywhere in the country isn't it, once you are outside big cities? And there's a lot of cross local authority border traffic everywhere. Local authority borders are irrelevant when it comes to educating children .... well for most things really apart from a few minor things like where you post your council tax to and who you vote for.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:37 am 
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Has anyone managed to glean from this document if there is a big enough population surge to warrant a new 6 form entry grammar school in Sevenoaks, or if the Sevenoaks grammar annex is not given permission by the DfE, if we are going to have a crunch on grammar places in West Kent in 2015 onwards?


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