I'm afraid I need to correct you. At no point whatsoever did I claim Ashcroft was not good enough for my son. Ashcroft was actually one of my secondary school choices.
However, as I'd put Chestnut Grove as our first choice, in keeping with Wandsworth secondary schools admissions policy, that is where we were offered a place.
A few more points, I am the only person on this thread who sends their child to CG; if my experience outside Northcote library is anything to go by, then I am probably the only person on this thread who has visited the school.
Chestnut Grove has a great many pupils from the Battersea area, simply not from the Northcote area.
Is anyone seriously suggesting that children from Latchmere and surrounding areas etc which are much further away from SW12 are being given places over children in Northcote?
This has been said before, but it bears repeating; if you applied to CG, the vast majority, if not all of you, would get in on distance.
There has never, ever been any evidence provided that proves otherwise.
By evidence, I mean what TYT is referring to, for example, in 2005, 35 children from Northcote ward applied to CG and were denied on grounds of distance.
This evidence is not forthcoming, because it does not exist. Your children do not get into CG, because none of you apply.
Fair enough, but then be honest about it!
If you had started a campaign, because like Toby Young, you wanted your children to have a classical education and you felt that the local schools were not able to provide that, then I doubt your campaign would be facing such hostility.
Whatever you think of Toby Young, at least he is honest about the motivation behind his campaign; on his website he openly admits that he wishes to have an independent school for free.
In addition, I was frankly shocked by the assertion by some of the parents outside Northcote library, that CG was a bad school, where knife crime is widespread. Not one of these parents had ever visited the school, so what is this assertion based on?
I sincerely hope that people aren't making very nasty, unfounded assumptions about CG, simply because of preconceived notions about the race and class of the children that attend.
There is a word for that kind of thing, and as other people on this thread have pointed out, it is indeed, the elephant in the room.
ARK run a school that has a similar intake to CG.
http://www.burlingtondanes.org/secondar ... s/results/
The results seem to be remarkably similar to CG. Does this mean that Burlington Danes is a bad school too?
There is a saying that if you repeat a falsehood enough times, then people will believe it.
Did not one of you think that it might be an idea to actually ring the admissions office at CG, tell them your postcode and find out for yourselves what your chances of getting a place are?
It would appear that the answer is no, as I have never seen anything on this website that would indicate that any of you would even consider applying to CG, let alone actually do any research about the school.