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teachersaspirations Sun 22-Sep-13 20:54:55

changed my name for this for one as it is potentially a bit hot!

I am beginning to notice that a lot of the teachers who teach our kids, their kids go to the best/better schools
the grammars/the select schools etc...

it would be interesting to know what proportion of parents are teachers for these grammar schools/select schools etc...

PS am not a teacher

sheridand Tue 24-Sep-13 19:15:31

Mine are at the same school as me. Not a problem at all. It's a state primary and we live in a rural area which is high on the deprivation index.

I would always choose a comprehensive education, even if I had the money.

Sokmonsta Tue 24-Sep-13 18:23:22

I'd hazard a guess that with teachers not just working school hours, it benefits their dc to go to a school which has potentially more resources if they can afford it.

I know my teacher friend struggles to find time to sit with her dc to help with their homework and do all the marking for her pupils by a reasonable hour.

teacherandguideleader Tue 24-Sep-13 18:19:44

I live in a grammar area. If I had a child I would send them to the comp I work in (non grammar area). On paper it isn't outstanding but I would send my child there in a heartbeat. Sadly I won't be able to as I don't live in catchment

lljkk Tue 24-Sep-13 18:00:03

Not exactly teachers, but...ime a majority of children of uni lecturers go private, at least for secondary. A majority of the PGs & academic staff (RAs, lecturers etc.) were privately educated themselves.
This is not down to insider local knowledge.

Judyandherdreamofhorses Mon 23-Sep-13 21:21:41

I am a teacher (part time, primary).

My DD is part time at a local independent school and will be so long as we can afford it.

Arisbottle Mon 23-Sep-13 21:21:41

He was not bullied for being my son, although he was bullied for being different - but it did not start in school. My stepson and other children have never faced any problems for being my child. He was bullied at the grammar school as well. We knew quite quickly that we had made a mistake moving him to the grammar but my son could not take being moved again.

I suspect the grammar school knew they were looking at a boy who would get them straight A * at GCSE and possibly A level. The fact that he was being bullied so badly added to the reasons to move him - rather than keep him where he was.

My ds does not enjoy the social side of school, he does not really see the point in making friends - although he has people that he knows. For him school is somewhere he goes to learn.

SuffolkNWhat Mon 23-Sep-13 21:14:55

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

soul2000 Mon 23-Sep-13 21:09:31

Thank you Aris. I can see you have answered that question on another
thread. For a grammar school to take a pupil with a threatened expulson
is unusal.

Is your Ds happy at the grammar school where presumably he will not
get builed for either being a bit different or being a son of a strict

Arisbottle Mon 23-Sep-13 21:03:25

My daughter number one could also be at the grammar, she is also at my school - which suits her.

Daughter number 2 is a borderline grammar student, she has just started at my school.

Our son is too young to tell but he will also go to my school - although I may not be teaching there by the time he is ready to move up.

Child number 5 is still a fetus - so we will see!

Arisbottle Mon 23-Sep-13 21:01:29

He is not more suited to the grammar , although we have managed to make it work.

No, my son was academically stretched at my school, sometimes more than he is at the grammar. He was moved because of bullying that got out of control and resulted in my son retaliating in a way that meant that he was facing a permanent exclusion. My son has special needs which means that he will struggle to a certain extent in mainstream school.

soul2000 Mon 23-Sep-13 20:57:31

Aris. Why would your prefer your Ds to be at your school when it is
obvious he is much more suited to the grammar school.

Why would you not want your DCs to go to the most suitable schools
for them if possible.

I take the managed move to the grammar school, was because the work
was not challenging enough for your Ds and that he was finding the other pupils were not academically up to his level.

bigTillyMint Mon 23-Sep-13 20:52:39

My DC went to the local primary and are now at the local comp.

Neither of us wanted to send them private, or put them in for the super selectives. Of my friends who are teachers, all send/have sent to local non-selective schoolsconfused

Arisbottle Mon 23-Sep-13 20:48:19

It is important to me that I provide a level of education that I would be happy for my own children to receive. I would feel like a hypocrite to live in catchment and then choose to send my children elsewhere

FavoriteThings Mon 23-Sep-13 20:44:52

It is like asking your doctor where he would go if he had to have a certain operation. Or asking your optomotrist.

Clawdy Mon 23-Sep-13 20:34:58

Mine went to their local primary. Then they all attended our local comprehensive where their dad was a teacher. We would never have considered anything else.

Arisbottle Mon 23-Sep-13 19:58:28

I teach in a state comprehensive / secondary modern. With one exception all of my children have or will attend the school I teach in. One is at the grammar, only because he was on a managed move from my school. I would far rather that he attended my school.

I would not teach in a state and send my children private, despite being financially able. I am very very uncomfortable that my son is at a grammar school when I teach in a comp/ secondary modern.

BeatrixIsPotty Mon 23-Sep-13 19:55:13

I teach in an independent boarding school, my DC go to my local state primary. I couldn't afford the uniform for the school I teach at, let alone the school fees even with the staff discount!

ICantGoOverItICantGoUnderIt Mon 23-Sep-13 19:16:36

I will send my DD to our local primary school, which isn't the one I teach at, although I would have no problem with her attending there either.

I am concerned about the reputation of both our local secondary schools at the moment, but DD is only 10mo so we can reassess closer to the time! We will consider private for secondary if the state options are still poor at the time. We could afford this due to DH's job. The poor reputations of the local state secondary schools are common knowledge, I have no inside info!

QueenofLouisiana Mon 23-Sep-13 19:01:45

DS goes to another school in the own in which I teach. Actually, it is perceived to be a 'worse' school than my own- but we are very happy. I chose it because I felt it would be happy there and it had access to wrap around care. I have never felt I made the wrong choice.

At secondary level my DH's academy would give him priority entry if we wanted it. We'll see....

lljkk Mon 23-Sep-13 18:51:15

ime, they send to local schools or same schools where they work at or same schools as that their friends go to. Bit like most people.

Talkinpeace Mon 23-Sep-13 18:50:26

teachers comply with the admissions code and use catchment schools like the rest of us

vj32 Mon 23-Sep-13 18:48:51

Some schools (Academies who can set their own criteria) now give preference in their admissions criteria to children of staff, but I think this is still very rare. I could get DS into the secondary I work at if I wanted to.

I disagree about the insider knowledge about local schools, but I do have a better understanding of how the 'system' works and a better idea of what kind of school I want DS to go to having worked in a few school.

I have never lived in the catchment of a school I worked at.

And school catchment was the biggest factor when we moved house. How very lower middle class of us! I know some wealthy educated people who didn't give school catchments much thought until was too late to do anything about it, and then they are 'forced' to go private or send their child to a school they don't like.

Tailtwister Mon 23-Sep-13 18:46:42

We don't have grammar schools in Scotland Lynette, so maybe that's why lots of teachers seem to go private.

LynetteScavo Mon 23-Sep-13 18:44:23

And two of them are in the town where I live grin

Interestingly, none of the teachers I know used tutors for the 11+, but did "give their DC a few papers".

SatinSandals Mon 23-Sep-13 18:37:36

Strange that so many go to grammar schools when there are a mere 64 left!

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