Hi proud mum x2,
The problem,as I see it, is that there should be lots of schools of the highest standard,we shold have means within our country,with all it's high taxes to be able to provide these high performing schools for all our children.
I believe the UK has a lower taxation rate than France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, Greece, Hungary, Denmark, Poland, The Netherlands, Austria... in most cases considerably lower.
I remember somebody on this site posted the results of a recent survey that placed Finland as the highest performing country in terms of education, even though it has no selective schools or private sector involvement to speak of. Finland's tax rate for a family with 2 children is around 38%. Ours is around 27%.
Not that I'm advocating a high taxation economy - just pointing out that funding decent free education for all is maybe not as high a priority in this country as it is elsewhere.