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Discussion in 'Stafford Chat' started by c0tt0nt0p, Sep 22, 2020.
Ten schools - as mentioned - one of them was very good. But, don't let that bother you.
A stitch in time...
Out of curiosity - Walton HS.
Used to be quite good Did it go to the dogs? (Disclaimer - former pupil until 1983, my info is a wee bit out of date)
Still the highest performing state school in the town.
Actually I’m wrong, that honour goes to Weston Road now
Well at least it hasn't gone all South Side of Chicago. As it didn't get a mention I was wondering.
It’s always oversubscribed so I think most people know if they’re not in catchment they don’t have a hope of getting in.
That makes sense. I think in my day you pretty much went to the local school and that was your lot. (Unless in 6th form you wanted particular subjects).
I remember, the last time this came up, being attacked for my position that there are no 'bad' schools in Stafford, that this was an outrage, and that Stafford schools should somehow be much better than that, average was just not good enough etc. Can't remember who it was now, they were quite enraged by it, that i do remember, but did they have a point?
It could equally be argued that there are no 'good' schools in Stafford, could it not?
I guess we can all look at what school we went to and how well our peers have done in life. I went to what people love to call the worse school in Stafford, one where you were almost scared to tell adults where you studied (maybe that was just me) and we've all done pretty well.
Oh, I didn't realise you went to the grammar school. Still, at least you've managed to live with it and make something of yourself.
Well, the worst comprehensive school!
When I was in year 8 my mum wanted me to go to the grammar school. Apparently my response was 'I don't want to go there with those snobs'.
Well we went through Stafford Manor's virtual open evening and was impressed with what we saw (as was the daughter).
Probably me I do think it’s strange that Stafford schools all hover around the middle though, I would have thought at least one would be “stand out”. I know Walton has the better reputation but it’s results don’t really suggest it’s a high performer.
As someone who didn't grow up in Stafford the impression I've gained from the last 12 years living here is that they suffer from a superiority complex. I've lost count of the number of parents who have visited the place to check it out and have pretty much all left underwhelmed...
It's a good way of bumping up house prices...
That's just it though, what do you want from your local High School?
Walton actually has one Oscar winner, one design guru, two TV comedians, and a published author as alumni, which one would argue is not bad for the provinces.
Stafford is really quite small beer in the grand scheme of things, it's not unusual to be unextraordinary.
You want a High School that does their best for every child not just the one in the top sets.
I found this out at my HS where I was placed in set 4 for English with no feasible way of attaining a GCSE for that subject. I knew this was the case as one of our exercises was worrying a police report which my dad (who did 30 years with the Force) helped me with and I only got a C- for it....
i went to a grate schol! The teechers were brilliant fun, not like these plaices where you have to work and do boring lesson: boring: never got homwork todo either. when does anyone kneed to kno aout the battle of monty carlow or schrodingers dead cat??