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Pollution threat of specialists

Peter Wilby writes in support of specialist schools (TES, October 31). Only large metropolitan areas can support the number of schools necessary to offer pupils and parents a realistic choice. Elsewhere, their random distribution makes them an irrelevance, although it is understandable that hard-pressed schools should be keen to get the extra funding that specialist status brings with it.

Most parents would settle for a school reasonably near to their home, sufficiently well staffed and resourced to offer a good general curriculum.

At a time when we are trying to cut down on car use and improve the fitness of our children it is perverse for the Government to be promoting a policy that can only encourage more polluting, cross-city car journeys.

CR Clark

34 Vicarage Drive

Eastbourne

East Sussex

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