New secondary school annexe in South Norwood could be a grammar school

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Schools from neighbouring boroughs are being invited to establish a £15m annexe in Croydon.

At a cabinet meeting on Monday, Croydon Council launched a selection process to establish the secondary school annexe at the Croydon Adult Learning and Training centre (CALAT), Sandown Road, South Norwood, opening the door to schools from Bromley and Sutton to build a base in Croydon.

Tory councillors Michael Neal, Ian Parker, Simon Hoar and cabinet member for children families and learning Tim Pollard all spoke strongly in favour of grammar school education though Coun Pollard stated the application process was open to any publicly maintained school.

Coun Pollard, who is grammar school educated, said: "Grammar schools have always offered a way out of poverty for children and families that are willing to work."

The move was attacked by Coun Kathy Bee who said the move would exclude local children.

She said: "If you look at grammar schools around the area none take more than three per cent of children who are on free school meals. What you are proposing is a school in South Norwood where more than 30 per cent of children are on free school meals."

The council has also stipulated applicants must be academies, within close proximity to the South Norwood site, and have GCSE and A-Level results that are above the national average.

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Candidates from outside Croydon could include Wallington Grammar School and Wilson’s School in Sutton, academy Dunraven School in Lambeth or St Olave’s Grammar School in Bromley.

Coun Dudley Mead, a member of the court of governors at the Whitgift Foundation, said the charity would also be looking at the possibility of establishing an annexe to one of its three schools on the site.

He said: "This is a very serious opportunity."

Interested schools must submit an application by the end of July. Consultation will take place during the autumn with Cabinet expected to agree on a preferred bidder before the end of the year.

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2:30pm Sat 16 Jun 12

Jen888 says...

So, the former 'Portland Piggory' in Sandown Road might become a Grammar School! As a former Grammar School pupilI agree with Coun Pollard, but we need teachers of the right calbre.
So, the former 'Portland Piggory' in Sandown Road might become a Grammar School! As a former Grammar School pupilI agree with Coun Pollard, but we need teachers of the right calbre. Jen888

4:30pm Sat 16 Jun 12

Smudger says...

As a former grammar school pupil I hated it. It's a divisive and discredited system that does absolutely nothing for working class kids but just lets parents believe they are getting a minor private school for free. Back to the fifties...
As a former grammar school pupil I hated it. It's a divisive and discredited system that does absolutely nothing for working class kids but just lets parents believe they are getting a minor private school for free. Back to the fifties... Smudger

10:16pm Sat 16 Jun 12

Michael Pantlin says...

I hated almost every minute of my 5½ years at Bec Grammar School, Tooting. Even the well behaved pupils were regularly punished.
I hated almost every minute of my 5½ years at Bec Grammar School, Tooting. Even the well behaved pupils were regularly punished. Michael Pantlin

8:47am Mon 18 Jun 12

stephenkhewett says...

Grammer schools are an intellectual apartheid where poor teachers can get good results by expolioting the natural ability of their students.
Grammer schools are an intellectual apartheid where poor teachers can get good results by expolioting the natural ability of their students. stephenkhewett

2:02pm Mon 18 Jun 12

Eversend says...

I think it’s a great idea to have a grammar school. More choice for the parents (and children) who want to succeed in life. I can’t see what the problem is?

Don't understand Ms K Bee. Why would it exclude pupils in the local area?

If you come from a poor background (poor enough that you can only afford school free lunches) but able to pass your exams to get into the school that’s good isn’t it!

I would want to give my child the best opportunity and I would be gearing my child for exams (which many parents do) as early as possible.

Croydon are doing something radical and positive which will bring good attention to Croydon… instead of the usual negative news.

I support Cllr Pollard
I think it’s a great idea to have a grammar school. More choice for the parents (and children) who want to succeed in life. I can’t see what the problem is? Don't understand Ms K Bee. Why would it exclude pupils in the local area? If you come from a poor background (poor enough that you can only afford school free lunches) but able to pass your exams to get into the school that’s good isn’t it! I would want to give my child the best opportunity and I would be gearing my child for exams (which many parents do) as early as possible. Croydon are doing something radical and positive which will bring good attention to Croydon… instead of the usual negative news. I support Cllr Pollard Eversend

4:31pm Mon 18 Jun 12

Jen888 says...

I did very well at Heath Clark Grammar where they taught languages, especially Spanish, which I used during most of my working career. Grammar Schools will not suit every pupil, that's the whole point, but if you are offered a place and work hard, they will support you.
I did very well at Heath Clark Grammar where they taught languages, especially Spanish, which I used during most of my working career. Grammar Schools will not suit every pupil, that's the whole point, but if you are offered a place and work hard, they will support you. Jen888

5:00pm Mon 18 Jun 12

oldersurfer says...

Selhurst Grammar school for boys provided a broad education for scholarship pupils in the 40's- I'm pleased I was able to attend it.
Selhurst Grammar school for boys provided a broad education for scholarship pupils in the 40's- I'm pleased I was able to attend it. oldersurfer

9:55pm Mon 18 Jun 12

ANNE GILES says...

My husband went to a grammar school - Queen Elizabeth Boys, in Barnet. Excellent results there.
My husband went to a grammar school - Queen Elizabeth Boys, in Barnet. Excellent results there. ANNE GILES

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