Education Education Education

TRAK was set up by a group of Reading parents when the local grammar schools were consulting on admissions.  The site promoted a lively debate (see 2014/15 campaign) and a petition getting hundreds of signatures from parents who feel the schools do little for the local community.

The schools decided to ignore overwhelming public opinion and continue to select pupils from a wide area which preserves their ranking in the final GCSE results which is achieved by selecting pupils most likely to do well at KS4.

Since then two new secondary schools have opened in Reading and the group have moved on to look at wider education policy.  We still meet over a curry and beer to put the world to rights so if you’re in the Reading area, have an open and inquiring mind and want to contribute to the debate then drop us a line.

5 Responses to Education Education Education

  1. Julie says:

    Firstly, I would like to point out that I am a firm supporter of grammar schools; my son started at Reading School this September, where he is now extremely happy, and finally receiving education suited to his ability (unlike his experience at his state primary school). I am also a former Kendrick girl myself, and believe that I received a fantastic education there.

    My main concern is the inequality between the number of grammar school places available to girls and boys in Reading. I understand that Reading School will shortly be offering 150 places for boys starting in year 7 (brilliant!), whereas Kendrick will be offering only 96. I completely understand that Kendrick is very limited for space in which to expand (I went there!), but I would be very grateful if someone could tell me who I should approach about this huge inequality and what, if anything, can be done to address it. My daughter is currently in year 5, and I do not think that her male peers should have such an advantage when it comes to gaining a local grammar school place. Does anyone have overall responsibility for this sort of thing, even though both schools are academies?

    I do sympathise with your campaign, as it would seem to me that there are far more “local” children who would benefit from a grammar school education than there are places available to them. (I would not consider sending my daughter to one of the Slough grammar schools due to the travelling this would involve.)

    • Steve says:

      Hi Julie, I think you would need to contact Kendrick re. any expansion. They are an academy and aren’t under the control of Reading Borough Council.

  2. Julie says:

    Thank you for your response, Steve. I feared as much. Unfortunately, Kendrick have no currents plans for expansion. I am still surprised that there doesn’t appear to be anyone who assumes overall control and responsibility for ensuring that boys and girls have equal access to education, academies or not. They are still state schools after all. Perhaps, if there is enough local demand, they will one day consider opening a further site as in Kent.

    I wish everyone currently going through this system the very best of luck. We found the waiting pretty stressful.

  3. Rachel says:

    Under ‘Resources’ you show individual results for 2015 entry….do you know whether you can get hold of 2017 entry results as well? Or can you tell me how you got the 2015 results? Now the 2017 entry results are out I am interested to see where my son was versus the group that took it, and also if there was an area he particularly fell down on…

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