Gove’s daughter to attend state school

Michael Gove and his wife have chosen a state secondary for their daughter – the first time a Tory education secretary has opted for the maintained sector!

Beatrice, the education secretary’s 11 year-old daughter, has won a place at Grey Coat Hospital School, a Church of England comprehensive which was their first choice. A source reported that Mr. Gove and his wife were ‘delighted’ by the news, unsurprisingly perhaps as in 2011 there were over 1,100 applications for 151 places.

The decision will wrong-foot Labour MPs who have often attacked Conservatives for sending their children to private schools, the Telegraph reports, with chancellor George Osborne and universities and science minister David Willets both opting for the independent sector.

However, not every pupil enjoyed Beatrice’s success in this year’s National Offer Day, when councils across the country sent out letters to about half a million families, informing them about which secondary school their child will attend.

Following an increase in the number of 10 and 11 year-olds in the state education system, local authorities across England are reporting that fewer children have gained a place at their chosen secondary than ever before. Nationally, more than one-in-seven of them have missed out on their first choice, though this rose to at least 40% in London, 30% in Birmingham and 24% in Manchester. The situation is better in rural areas, with almost all pupils securing their first choice in Cumbria, Leicestershire, Cornwall Herefordshire and Norfolk.

The number of families failing to achieve their first choice of school will lead to a flood of appeals: “There appears to be more parents receiving unexpected news; stories of families for whom there was little doubt their children would get a place only to find out that due to local housing developments or other reasons that they did not,” said Graham Jones, an education consultant who helps families fight admission appeals.

Do you welcome the education secretary’s choice as a vote for state education? And what is the admissions situation in your school?

 

 

6 thoughts on “Gove’s daughter to attend state school

  1. The dates back to 1698 just like all grammar,,,er sorry comprehensive schools. The school had a selection policy and entrance exam..just like all comps do. Personally to say that this is anything other than a selective grammar school is offensive to anyone with a modicum of intelligence.

  2. The dates back to 1698 just like all grammar,,,er sorry comprehensive schools. The school has
    a selection policy and entrance exam..just like all comps do. Personally to say that this is anything other than a selective grammar school is offensive to anyone with a modicum of intelligence.

  3. Most parents want to send their son/daughter to a very good school; Grey Coat had an Outstanding Ofsted report and has had excellent exam results. It is hardly surprising that Michael Gove is happy to send his daughter here. Not all parents are so fortunate and, if local schools are poor, sometimes both better off and not so well off parents are forced to consider private when they would not otherwise have done so. I remember Diane Abbott sending her children to private schools in precisely this situation, even though she was aware of the political implications of a left wing MP spurning the state sector. I hope that Gove’s desire to improve state schools is realised so that more parents can opt for the state sector, rather than paying their taxes for funding schools and getting no benefit.

  4. Would he have been just as delighted if it wasn’t such an ‘outstanding’ school and your run of the mill common old comp!

    I am sure HE got their first choice – bit much turning down Gove’s daughter!

  5. The Grey Coats school in question is much more like a private school than a state school. It is also very selective. I wonder how many working class children of the Victoria and Pimilco area it is supposed to cater for actually go there?

  6. I LOVE the fact that lots of NUT teachers are striking in this school and it will be closed to the lower years! Although it is an outstanding school, with an entrance exam, even her teachers will not agree with her Dad.
    Hope he gets the message!

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