Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Wallington Girls School to no longer prioritise local students

wallington_high_school_for_girls_logo1I was disappointed to learn that our local girls selective school is proposing to change its admissions policy so that local girls who pass the entrance exam no longer get priority over girls from outside the borough.

 

I have heard from many local parents who are concerned that they are unable to get places in all types of local schools due to competition from pupils from outside the area. This change in policy at Wallington Girls can only add to the problem.

 

The issue we have in Sutton is that we have a number of high performing schools which attract applications from students in areas which are less well provided for.

 

As it is a Foundation School it is the board of governors who set the admissions policy. However the school is obliged to consult on the change so I would encourage parents & students who feel strongly about the proposals to write directly to the school: Wallington High School for Girls, Woodcote Road, Wallington, Surrey SM6 0PH. The consultation closes on 1st March 2009.

 

Click here to see the proposed admissions policy and here to see the current policy.

 

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Councillor action:

 Richard, Colin & I all wrote to the Chair of the Govenors asking them to reconsider their decision. We also assisted with the collection of signatures on a petition against the change in policy.

 

Situation Update March 2009

Wallington Girls Partial Climbdown on Admissions

As a result of petitions and responses to the consultation the school has made a  partial compromise on places  and is now going to offer 80 places to local students rather than the originally proposed 60. However Colin, Richard & I do not think that 60 places will be sufficient to meet the numbers of bright local girls seeking a place at the school.

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January 17, 2009 - Posted by | Information

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