New grammar school in Sevenoaks

The government is due to give the green light to funding the first new grammar school in England for 50 years.

The Weald of Kent School has applied to open a satellite school in Sevenoaks.  It would take its first cohort of 90 pupils in September 2016.

It is thought that, should the application be granted, other education authorities and schools will also apply to establish new grammar schools.

One of the main arguments for selective, grammar education is its role in aiding social mobility.  However, the evidence for this is not currently clear-cut.

The Sutton Trust noted than only 2.7% of current grammar school pupils are eligible for free school meals, when the national average is 18%.

The head of OFSTED, Sir Michael Wilshaw, went as far as saying that the grammar schools are “stuffed full of middle-class children”.

Supporters say that grammar schools give poorer children a better chance of a productive education and that the comprehensive system is compromised as houses in catchment areas for good schools are priced out of reach of poorer families.

 

 

Client Feedback – You made it look easy

Have just helped a family moving from Aberdeen to the south-east of England – they have just been offered places at a local state school rated Outstanding by OFSTED for both their children.

The father wrote:

We struggle to believe it can happen so quickly!  Thanks a million – you really made it look easy.”

For more information on how to relocate through the state system, get in touch with Nat Price from our contact page.

UCAS tool for personal statements

January is deadline month for applications into UK universities and there are many families – both UK and international – currently working had to pull these together.

UCAS has published a great “mind map” to help students structure and develop the content for their personal statements.

Any questions on this or any other aspect of university application, please contact us at info@deanassociates.co.uk.

Client feedback

Some lovely feedback from one of our recent clients who are moving from India to London…

We wanted to THANK Dean Associates all for all of your unique expertise in assisting us with our move.  We were nervous, yet now hopeful after this visit that this will be a smoother transition than previously anticipated.   Although we speak the same language, our cultures are extremely different and I can imagine having a difficult time without the proper resources required to basically hit the floor running.