I'm not sure what to think here, so I hope to get some views.
Is it right that parents who intend to move their children from State to Independent primary schools have noted positions in PTAs (chair, secretary, treasurer etc) or be parent governors of state primary schools? I do realise they will vacate their positions, but still thanks!
Definitely sounds like a positive thing, even though they don't want to stay in the state system all the way through they are still trying to contribute to the school they are in at present. Why would anyone not think this was a positive!
The Government actually want more non parent governors so i know a lot of schools are encouraging it. I know a Governor at one of the local schools is a deputy head at a private school - guess it's good to have lots of different input. x
If I were a school and it were somehow possible for me to reject applications from kids who planned to move on at eight (afaik it isn't) then, sure, I'd probably do it.
But I don't particularly see why it'd be even theoretically desirable to bar such parents from the pta? Because say they'd, say, be incentivised to prioritise fundraising for projects that would disproportionately benefit the youngest kids? Seems a stretch.
Obviously if there were plenty of strong candidates then I can well see how schools might prefer to have parents who were in it for the long haul, but I'm not sure whether that's what OP meant?
The way it was put by the OP made it sound as if there was something sinister going on, but I agree with the above (as someone who is not a "PTA type") that good on those who volunteer for these positions. Many of us don't want to (including me).
For those anti-private school people, just remember that every kid who goes private opens up a place for a state-school kid and the parent still pays for that state school place via tax. If those kids all went back to claim their place at state schools then the whole system would break down.
"State 'till 8" is a bit cynical but if you've paid into the system then it's your choice. Most people just find that their circumstances change (i.e. the state options are crap and you can afford it) with no cynicism behind that choice.