We are undoubtedly the "excellent Church of England secondary school" to which he refers. According to Matthew, entry is dependent on a reference from a local vicar. No, Matthew, confirmation from a cleric that an applicant is not telling "porkies" may be required, but only when the school is over-subscribed - and this year St Aidan's was not over-subscribed.
I also note that young Matthew attends a school with "grammar" in its title. Comprehensives that retain this old title argue that it is "tradition". Pull the other one. They are usually over-subscribed; you have to live in a posh area to gain admission and I dare say research would show that they also take fewer poorer students.
I read something about not dealing with the speck of sawdust in your opponent's eye, when there is a huge plank in your own. Now where did I read that?
Dennis Richards Headteacher St Aidan's Church of England high school Harrogate, North Yorkshire