Much is being said and written about Grammar Schools recently. Votes are being held and politicians interviewed about whether grammar schools are an engine for social mobility or the driver for failure. It is interesting to me that many of those have been educated privately themselves or have chosen to send their own children to fee paying schools.
If you go back through my blogs you would have seen a number of references to the concept of 'failure' and how we have been working on helping our students deal with the idea of not being perfect or right all the time. Schools and society have tried to avoid referring to failure and criticism as if there were 'dirty' words. Instead we talk about 'delayed success' or 'developmental feedback'. My point is that we are all 'imperfect' in many ways. We all have talents and opportunities. We are 'work in progress' and learning from every success and, often even more, from every failure.
Slough is a small Local Authority with selective and part selective, faith, single sex, special, comprehensive and free schools. Some would have you believe that this model cannot work. Yet, it does and Slough is regularly in the top ten Local Authorities for the high standards and attendance of the children in its secondary schools. Maybe we should invite the non-believers to visit Slough to find more about the secret of this success.
M Hernandez Estrada
Upton Court Grammar School