The sink school

Filling the pail

I once worked in a ‘sink’ school. Let me explain what that means.

We did not achieve great results for children at the time. This resulted in the school being under-subscribed. Parents would try to get their children into other local schools rather than come to ours. The parents who were best at avoiding us were the savvy ones and the wealthy ones who could afford property nearer to other schools. So we drew mainly from nearby social housing schemes.

The fact that we were under-subscribed meant that we would tend to take students who had been excluded from other schools. If we then ended-up excluding them, there were few places left for them to go. The school was certainly diverse but it was not the model of comprehensive education that had been promised to British taxpayers in the 1960s because the demographics were heavily skewed to families with low…

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