Not enough places
FOLLOWING Cllr Rita Krishna s article (March 22, Academies to put young people first ), I also have nothing but sympathy for any young person in Hackney who has not been able to get a place at a Hackney secondary school. The question to ask is why...
FOLLOWING Cllr Rita Krishna's article (March 22, "Academies to put young people first"), I also have nothing but sympathy for any young person in Hackney who has not been able to get a place at a Hackney secondary school. The question to ask is why.
As a parent with a child who is due to transfer to secondary school this year, I researched a little and I counted 50-plus primary schools in Hackney and 11 secondary schools to accommodate the amount of children transferring. This is not including the out-of-area intakes.
Starting secondary school is exciting, but also nerve-wracking, and this is why the children want to go to a school with their friends, or at least with other children they know.
My child did not get this option as she was rejected for a Hackney school and offered a place in an Islington school, where she knows no one, and will have to travel a long was on her own as she's an only child and has no siblings to travel with. I am a single parent (working), so will not be able to transport her to and from school. I also feel very anxious and worried about her safety, especially in the winter.
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It is pleasing that the three academies are proving popular and that parents are choosing Hackney schools, but the problem remains there are not enough academies in the borough. I and many other parents chose the academies and our children didn't get a place, so we get a place in the school no one wants, or in a school outside Hackney. Is it fair that our children should have difficult journeys trying to get to school?
Another five schools opening before 2010 doesn't help the children who need a place now. The situation is a disgrace and because of this I feel the need to send my child overseas to get a decent education.
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My child felt rejected and let down when she didn't get a school of our choice. Her self-esteem was crushed. All her classmates got into a school and she had to lie to her friends as she felt like she wasn't good enough to be offered a place.
Ms Turner, Northwold Road,