Mobility need not stop good teaching;Letter;News amp; Opinion

12th November 1999 at 00:00
I TOTALLY agree that funding rules should be adapted to take account of pupil mobility (TES, October 29). The school where I am chairman of governors would normally expect about 15 per cent of pupils to leave each year to reflect those leaving to go to secondary school.

About 60 per cent of our pupils are from service families and on average we lose not 15 per cent but 40 per cent each year because of the relatively short time these families stay in the area. The cost far outweighs the derisory amount of money our local authority gives us to cope with high turnover.

Nonetheless, academic results can and do remain extremely high. Perhaps one social factor is that parents of service families are able to find housing without too much difficulty. Another reason is undoubtedly the quality of teaching and learning that takes place in the school.

The stability gained from a village community and the experiences of service families provide the balance that enables us to enhance the quality of education we offer. Great emphasis is placed on creating and maintaining happy relationships and this enables all our new entrants, whatever their ages, to adapt to new surroundings and quickly become part of the school.

Grant Woodruff Chairman of governors Naphill and Walters Ash school Kilnwood, Walters Ash High Wycombe.

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