London’s system for allocating places for children to schools is racist, classist and divisive. It needs to be banned and overhauled. Admittance to school should be based on geography without regard for ethnicity, religion or ability to pay.
The result of this competitive and divisive discriminatory system is desperation for parents who cannot find a decent school for their children to go to. In a book entitled Oranges and Lemons Wendy Wallace described how a mother from Somers Town, close to Kings Cross, chained herself to railings outside Camden Town Hall, after failing to get a place for her daughter at one of the more popular schools.