Like others, I submitted a response. Unfortunately, I don’t think that the Council will have the ability to adopt anything near what I want so long as Education is a political football. The Secondary system in Wrexham needs a radical overhaul and by radical I mean completely restructuring. Unfortunately that can’t happen in Wales where the dominant parties are dogmatically committed to some sort of 1 size fits all Comprehensive system. Wales has been dominated by the Labour Party for eons and when the Welsh assembly has changed texture whatsoever it has been towards either the Plaid or the Liberals. Accordingly, I sense that what we will now get is a Through school response of some type which will work on a restructuring approach but only by putting more children in the same capacity. This is not restructuring but relocating.
Like many, I went to a Grammar School. This was a ladder provided by the then wartime Coalition (with Butler as responsible Minister) designed to allow students with the aptitude to go to this type of school the opportunity to do so. Thousands of kids from estates around Britain found themselves with a route opened to become socially mobile. Whilst I can see why they were abandoned as elitist, I can’t for the life of me see why there are not replacements that provide a comparable route in Wales. In England, there are all sorts of radical things going on to change the way things are done. Surely in Wrexham we can at least try to ensure that we fight against the stultifying Welsh Assembly policies that are betraying our youngsters
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