Academy pupils: 'We are proud of school'
THE head pupils at Knole Academy have entered the grammar/Christian school debate – and hit out at "hurtful" comments about their school.
Here, Kirsty Dixon and Oliver Nichol explain their classmates' views on the issue.
THE students have been watching the debate about grammar schools and Christian schools with a dignified silence.
Some of the comments in the local paper from councillors and members of the public have been both hurtful and untrue.
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They make remarks about our school when they haven't even visited it.
We are taught to base our opinions and explanations on evidence and fact and give examples.
So we thought we would dispel some myths.
We are an all-ability school with Kent County Council as one of our sponsors; this means KCC is supposed to support the work we do to enable us to become an all ability school, which takes students of all abilities.
The pupils at Knole Academy are hard working, polite, courteous and many achieve above government targets, moving on to university and college.
We are taught by dedicated, accomplished and experienced teachers who track our attainment and challenge us to do our best within an atmosphere of fun and support.
They give their time freely in lunchtime and after- school clubs, trips and visits, which enable us to improve our understanding and experiences outside of the taught curriculum.
It meets the needs of all of our students.
You can study triple science at GCSE and the EBACC if you are academic enough and if your interests lie in this direction, but there are also vocational courses available.
We have a grammar stream for the most able.
Last year at A Level, our Upper Sixth students achieved 100 per cent pass rates with 41 per cent of the grades being A*, A or B grades. We know, as the successor year group, that this will be tough to beat.
We are led by a head teacher who is experienced, wise and has three Ofsted reports that say she is excellent, ambitious or outstanding.
She sets us all extremely high standards and leads by example. She tells us that education is the great social leveller but it is hard to see how this might be the case in Kent.
Our governing body, together with our head teacher and senior leadership team, is extremely ambitious.
This was remarked upon in our recent Ofsted Academy inspection.
We are supported by Sevenoaks School and many of us have benefited from Gifted and Talented days, additional teaching and encouragement from the staff at Sevenoaks.
As part of our partnership, senior staff have done a significant amount of training for staff at Sevenoaks School.
As you can see, we are extremely proud of our school.
We invite you to come and see our school for yourselves to see what it is really like, rather than make unfounded assumptions.