Kids who succeed at BOG standard comprehensives
Published: Wednesday, 24 June 2009 11:12
Families refusing to turn their backs on local schools are reaping the reward, finds Jackie Kemp There is barely an inch of wall in David and Patricia Beveridge's sitting room that is not covered with photographs of young people dressed in mortar-boards and graduation gowns, holding rolled-up scrolls. For the couple's eight children are a formidable bunch, bristling with top-class qualifications.
Youngest son Martin, 20, is no exception. Now in third year of law at Glasgow University, he left school with seven Highers - six As in English, French, history, computing, Latin, music, a B in maths and two Advanced Highers.
So what did sea captain David and his homemakerwife Patricia have to shell out on school fees forMartin's education? Or did they pay a premium to live in a leafy suburb near to a "good" school?
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Published: Wednesday, 24 June 2009 11:08
At noon, the winter sun is still above Ladhope Hill in the Borders, throwing shadows across the playground of Yarrow Village school below. The door opens and out come three fair-haired children, backpacks and jackets on.
For Simeon, Rachel and Natan Siroky, lessons are already over for the day. After a muddy walk home beneath the rowan trees, still red with a last crop of autumn berries, they will spend the afternoon pursuing their education under the guidance of their minister father, Samuel, and home-maker mother, Ester.
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