The reason that I rejected my son’s prospective new school … a letter to the Head


When I completed my son’s secondary school preference form, it was done so in in the belief that your school had remained Falmer High School, which I have since discovered it hasn’t.
I am not prepared to commit my son to a system of education that seems to rely on philanthropists chucking money at chosen, educational establishments – ‘academies’ – in what seems to be a quasi-privatisation of state education; nor do I wish to see him subjected to the nascent socio-educational experiment of the Rt. Hon. Michael Gove, that once again drags the education of the nation’s children into the political arena with very little qualitative opinion on how this type of school would work if generalised across the entire state school system.
The government claims to want to increase parental choice and the school’s accountability to them, whilst forcing Academy schools on parents in some areas and calling them ‘Trots’ because they are alarmed at the prospect of Govite education:
Inside the Department for Education, civil servants “are nervous about the prospects for judicial review”, says a well-informed source. “They are also nervous about his [Mr. Gove’s] language. He’s not just calling teachers or trade unionists ‘Trots’ – he’s calling ordinary parents ‘Trots’, too.” (www.newstatesman.com)
Mr. Gove’s attempts to shake up education provision have been injudicious, have been challenged legally and have been more notable for the howling mistakes than organic success. Anyone can throw large sums of money at schooling to improve attainment – the independent schools have proven that for well over a century – but whether this system can be made universal remains to be seen. If we are not careful this country will end up with a two-tier state school system, where middle to upper income bracket parents can afford the uniforms and extra-curricular costs and most of those that cannot will likely remain in schools with lower achievements or, worse still, we will witness a hark-back to the days of Grammar and Comprehensive schools – which is probably, more likely, this government’s intention.
Do, please, look closely at the photo of the Education Secretary above, as ironically he has more than a passing resemblance to Mr. Bean. However, the latter is a successful, much-loved clown, whereas Mr. Gove gives all the appearances of just being a clown at the helm of the nation’s education system – and he can’t even get the juggling act right!
You may have gathered by now that I am rejecting your school on behalf of my son because of the unfairness and uncertainty that this system will likely bring.
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