Education in Southend: gifting our jewels to strangers
January 30, 2013 7 Comments
The latest statistics I have (Source: School Returns September 2011) depict a scene that further demonstrates what a lamentable state the local authority has helped create for Southend’s children.
I almost feel like a lone voice at times when it comes to trying to open the eyes of the ruling administration to the utter disaster that befalls the Borough’s young when their turn to attend a senior school comes. Certainly there is no dissent amongst the Tories who obligingly give the administration the softest of rides in scrutiny. (Cllr Courtenay may bemoan what the opposition are doing, but surely it is beholden upon his comrades to also test the process.)
One of the officers, who I will keep anonymous, described education in Southend as a jewel. I do not agree. Whilst some schools are excellent, 38% of our schools are described by Ofsted as less than good. Thirty-eight per cent! Quite frankly this is shocking.
What is worse is that the good schools seem to exist for the benefit of children from outside of the Borough. The following table shows the percentages of pupil intake for each senior school that come from outside of Southend. Those so enamoured of selective education may wish to reflect on what these numbers mean.
|% not from Southend’s schools|
When three-quarters of the Westcliff schools come from outside the borough one can only assume that this ‘jewel’ exists for Southenders to admire, and for strangers to enjoy.