Sorry - that should have read "which consider that a school with a larger percentage of visible ethnic minorities is less preferable than a school with a smaller percentage of visible ethnic minorities."papinian wrote:which consider that a school with a larger percentage of visible ethnic minorities is less preferable than a school with a higher percentage of visible ethnic minorities.
Understandably, I can't produce scientific evidence of factors parents take into account in choosing a school. However, only yesterday I was speaking with a couple on our road who said they would not apply for Fircroft for their child (starting Sept 2014) because of the high percentage of Asian children. (For what it's worth, the family are ethnic minority also.) Please note that I said that this is something that SOME parents have been taking into account - I never suggested that it is the majority of them.livegreen wrote:Papinian - There is absolutely no evidence for your point that people choose Ravenstone, or any school for that matter, based on the ethnic mix. Unless of course you can prove it. I look forward to your evidence.
Ravenstone has always been first choice for many parents in Balham because of its ethos, parent community and excellent results. Other schools in the area have improved in recent years and are catching Ravenstone, however none can demonstrate stronger results over several years.
As I said earlier, perhaps the issue is that there is too much focus on all of the above and insufficient focus on English, maths and science. At the end of the day, very very few children will make a living at athletics, swimming, running or music. However, better English or maths skills coming out of primary school will always assist a child at secondary and beyond.Ofsteadbollocks wrote:Furthermore, the staff routinely go above and beyond their call of duty. No going through the motions here - an athletics team which is routinely borough (and beyond) champion, a successful swim team, before and after school and weekend running clubs, music clubs and choir, fantasticly creative and quality summer and Christmas shows, access to Wimbledon Junior tennis squad, Crystal Palace diving and performing at the Royal Opera House, school trips to the seaside where teachers will stand in the freezing sea to allow the kids to swim - I hope this report doesn't stifle their enthusiasm, I am not alone in being grateful to them for all their efforts and all the opportunities they provide for my children.
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