In December, King’s High School received a letter from the Department of Education saying it would no longer be allowed to send its students to King’s because of the “significant” impact of its school.
The letter, sent by Education Minister Peter Dunne, stated that “King’s is not in the best academic position to continue to serve students from disadvantaged backgrounds”.
King’s Principal and Principal of the school, Simon Tod, responded by writing to the Department on December 16, asking for clarification of the decision.
“In my view, the Department’s decision to stop sending King’s students to Kings is discriminatory and it does not reflect the diversity of King’s school and the school community,” he wrote.
“The Department will take the opportunity to work with King’s on the implementation of its new arrangements.”
The letter said King’s had to “make a determination as to whether it is in the interests of the department” to continue sending its students there.
“King’s has a long history of working to improve the educational and educational outcomes of its students and we have long believed in the need to provide a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for our students,” Mr Tod said in the letter.
“If the Department wishes to continue with King, it must be in the public interest for King’s to continue as an educational institution.”
I have no doubt that this decision will be met with a very supportive response from the King’s community, and from the school as a whole.
“Mr Tod also urged King’s staff to speak to the Minister about the “serious” impact the letter had on their students.”
Please consider our students, our staff, our school community and, most importantly, our teachers, to understand why this is so important for us,” he said.
King’s School principal, Simon Veal, said the letter “showed a complete lack of understanding of the impact it is having on our students and our community”.”
I would like to see the Department recognise that King’s is a wonderful school and that its students deserve a safe and supportive environment, and I would like the Minister to have a look at that,” he told 7.30.
The King’s Principal said he would not accept any apology for the letter and that the school had always supported King’s and had worked hard to “build a positive and supportive relationship with our community” and “to make a positive impact on our school”.”
We do not accept the Department for making a discriminatory decision that is hurting the students’ education, and it is really disappointing that we have to look at it in this way,” he added.