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 Post subject: Birkenhead High
PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 12:13 pm 
Anyone heard about Birkenhead High going non-fee paying. Apparantly they will become Academy status within 2 yearsand be mixed ability.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 12:35 pm 
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Hi Guest,

Could you please tell us how you heard about this.. :?

Thank you..

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 12:50 pm 
I believe letters were sent to parents and were received in the post on saturday. I believe it will be like Belvidere School in Liverpool. (still with some imput from the GDST). Meeting with parents to follow this week.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 1:59 pm 
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Thanks for the info Guest.

Please let us know what is said at the meeting (If you’re going.)

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 2:06 pm 
I won't be going but a friend with child at school will. Quite radical isn't it?


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 2:13 pm 
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Quite radical isn't it?


That one way of putting it!

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I have heard exactly the same thing. Don't know how this will affect the school in the long run. Open for discussion I guess.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 7:06 am 
I think it's a great Idea... Or maybe keep it as a fee paying school but increase the Scholarships dramatically (don't think this would work though)

I live about 200 yards away from the school and would love my Son/Daughter to go here. Unfortunately we cannot afford it.

But I'm not complaining as she is in a Wonderful Grammar School with zero fees ...

But it open's up more opportunities for the kids of Wirral.


What happens to the people who are paying fees at the moment ???


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 6:23 pm 
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I think the people who are paying fees at the moment will continue to do so until Academy status is up and running (ie 2 years time) when fees will no longer then apply.
I suppose it's good if you think that you can't afford for your daughter to go there but then may think that you could manage for a year or two until Academy status. But I'm sure there will be parents who will not be happy with "the mix"but others may argue that this will enrich the school and be more of a cross section of life.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 1:25 pm 
I was wondering how this would affect the applications for the local girls grammar school.

If Birkenhead is to become mixed ability more parents will maybe want their daughter to attend grammar instead.

It will be interesting to see if there is a rise in applications for the local grammar over the next two years!


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