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Friday, 31 October 2014

School will be more inclusive

ONE of the main criticisms directed at private schools by those opposed to a two-tier education system is their purported “elitist” nature.

The fact that “normal” families simply cannot afford to send their children to them is a bone of contention.

In reality though, many of the children at Chetwynde come from what would be considered “normal” backgrounds. Their parents have simply made a life choice to do without other luxuries in order to fund private education.

That said, a family must still enjoy a certain level of income to be able to consider doing this, hence the simmering tensions between the “haves and have nots.”

Action is being taken to redress this balance, however, with the introduction of 50 new means-tested bursaries for the school. It means in future, private education will be more accessible than ever to the people of Barrow and the surrounding areas.

Whether you agree with the principles of a two-tier education system or not, a bid by Chetwynde to be more inclusive should not be sniffed at.

IT is easy to pick out certain individuals, who, through their endeavours, are likely to have successful, positive lives.

School pupil, Grania Cookson, is one such individual. Few 15-year-olds would consider going to the considerable effort of organising a lake trip and afternoon teat for a group of elderly people. But Grania did – and the Nine Oaks housing trust residents in Windermere loved it.

She is clearly a young lady who will go far.

By North West Evening Mail
Published: June 11, 2012

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