I use this site on a regular basis but have never posted before but I was so upset with this situation I wanted to post.
My children go to private school and for me this is not because I want to do this as a "lifestyle" choice but it is because I believe for a lot of the education system in Wandsworth I just don't feel it is good enough. Whether it's non-English first languages, lack of sport etc etc
Before you bite my head off please read the article about the CORONERS report regarding the death of a young Wandsworth schoolgirl who was so badly bullied she ended up taking her own life.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... rself.html
The upshot of the article is that although she probably didn't mean to kill herself the fact that she was bullied into performing "acts" on other children and these were videoed meant that she was so desperate she got into a situation where she died.
The article goes on to say that Wandsworth council were told that she had been sexually abused by these boys, that the school were also told and that they had been useless. Quote "Mr Richmond has identified a catalogue of failures by the school in not helping Chevonea, and even when she was referred to Wandsworth Council social services, her plight was largely ignored. "
So to get this right, the girl was raped (yes raped), forced to perform acts on other children, told her school AND Wandsworth Council and nothing was done?
This is a secondary school in Wandsworth which we were offered as one of our choices
I did not write this post wanting to start a heated debate but I do want to put forward a point of view. Surely we cannot expect middle class affluent parents NOT to select private schools when this goes on?
Some people on NappyValley seem to think that by ducking out of the state system we are missing the opportunity to improve the state system but I just don't see how we can even begin to consider exposing our children to such physical, emotional and sexual abuse.
Will there be an enquiry into the behavior of the school and the council? I can't see how we can have any faith in a system where this sort of stuff goes on for three years.
Rant over but I really wanted to get this off my chest. I do feel guilty for selecting the private route and then I read something like this and think why does ANYONE send their kids to a London comprehensive? I'd rather move.
It goes without saying that my thoughts are with the poor family of this girl, they appear to be coping with astonishing strength.