My school is a mile from the border of a selective authority. The “local” grammar is 12 miles away or half an hour on the bus. Yet at 7.20am, come rain or shine, shivering children from the local villages can be seen piling on in droves, happy in the knowledge that they will be thought of as “better” for having done so.
The sense of baffled disbelief is palpable.
People who go there tell me teaching methods are somewhat old fashioned. Great, say the parents, we like old fashioned.
So, to sum up:
Business finds customers prefer other business. Adapts to suit customer requirements, gains customers.
State school finds ‘customers’ prefer other school. Whinges in newspaper about how customer requirements are wrong and bad and make people sad, fails to gain customers.