Jade's education

1st May 2009 at 01:00

I taught at the school Jade attended for a couple of years ("The bad education of Jade Goody", TES Magazine, April 17). I arrived at Bacon's College in Rotherhithe shortly after she left and was there when she first appeared on Big Brother. I never met Jade, but I did teach many pupils from similar backgrounds. Many experienced hardship in their personal lives but a lot more came from stable backgrounds. Many, from all walks of life, enjoyed a successful time at the school, regardless of their background.

I strongly disagree with criticism of her education. I feel she would have had as good an education as any other pupil who has attended Bacon's. As was clear from its results when I was there (and it is still the case), it is clearly one of the leading schools in its area and with such an intake.

Critics of her education seem to forget that teenagers have choice and that despite the opportunities they are given, they can choose not to use them. Yes, her background may have hindered her in making informed choices, but can her school be blamed for that? Teenagers who have experienced similar backgrounds to Jade's need support, from school but also from outside agencies. It is there that I think some of the criticism can be placed.

Secondary teacher, Name and address supplied.

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