Most people appreciate that Kent's grammar school system favours children from middle class families, since along with those kids of innate ability, many parents buy their children's way into the grammar schools system, by paying for additional tuition or using fee paying schools to coach their kids to pass the eleven plus, now to add to that injustice, it seems West Kent and Tonbridge Schools in particular, are accepting kids from just about anywhere within the south east, which must be detrimental for the local community.
The grammar school system is irrational, in that it chooses, those that it considers, most likely to be successful in public examinations, several years ahead, rather than maintaining a competitive system that encourages children to have aspirations, Kent unlike most authorities places roughly 80% of students, at eleven into an sort of second rate educational cul de sac.
Anyhow that is not the point, it seems wrong that in the west of the county, grammar schools are with our money, choosing to ignore local children, and instead creaming off kids from Greenwich, Lewisham, Bromley, East Sussex, Bexley in all 268 children from outside KCC.
Still fortunately for those who live in West Kent, help is at hand, according Kent on Sunday, who’ve reported that Kent supremo and leader Cllr Paul Carter, is not one to see the people of West Kent suffer, in a tough stance, it looks like someone's gonna have to pay for this and surprisingly not for the first time it might well be the residents of East Kent, that will lose out as Paul Carter pledges to make sure that West Kent has the right number of grammar school places and is quoted as saying "if necessary reduce down the number of grammar school places in East Kent".
Still it seems to me Paul Carter ought to do the right thing and talk to those schools in West Kent and ask them what the hells going on, or perhaps since these schools are quasi-independent apart from needing our money maybe Cllr Carter could see if its not possible to starve them of funds in some way, since their quite happy to take money from the community and then reject local kids in favour of outsiders who have contributed nothing to their running cost.
East Kent is often overlooked, so its no surprise that Kent’s top Tory boy would make East Kent pay just to sort out his mates in West Kent,