Sign Co-op store bans children from local comprehensive while allowing in pupils from the £31,000-a-year private school nearby

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A Co-op shop has been criticised for banning pupils from a local comprehensive school - but allowing students from a nearby £31,000-a-year private school in.
A sign in the window warns that 'only two Ralph Allen pupil at a time' are allowed to enter the store in Bath.
The shop is one mile away from the state secondary school and half a mile away from independent school Prior Park College.

The store manager of the Co-op said the decision to put up the sign had been 'made for the right reasons'. 
Ralph Allen School, which is in the Combe Down area of the city, was rated 'Good' in its last Ofsted inspection.
There are several other schools in the area which were not singled-out by the shopkeeper.
When asked about the sign, a spokeswoman for Ralph Allen, said the school had no comment to make.
Local reports say the sign has been amended this week to say 'pupils', rather than Ralph Allen pupils specifically.
Ralph Allen school became an academy in August 2012 and a member of the Palladian Academy Trust in 2016. 
It has around 1000 pupils and takes 180 pupils in each year in six forms of entry (Years 7-11),  with approximately 230 pupils in the sixth form.
Prior Park Schools consists of Prior Park College (established in 1830), The Paragon Junior School (which joined in 2006) and Prior Park School, Gibraltar (which opened in September 2016). 

Ralph Allen School

Ralph Allen School is situated in the Combe Down area of Bath, Somerset and currently has around 1000 pupils 
The school has recently come under fire due to the unreliable bus services which have left many pupils late for school and in some cases has meant they have arrived late to exams.
Earlier this year during the UK's heatwave, students also hit headlines as some of the boys donned school skirts after being told they were not allowed to wear shorts. They said they had worn the skirts as girls were allowed to wear them and that it was too hot for boys to wear trousers in summer.
The school is named after Ralph Allen (1693-1764), the Bath mine owner, entrepreneur and philanthropist who contributed to the building of Georgian Bath.
The school was built in 1957 and has been further extended and developed since then.

Prior Park College

Prior Park College is a mixed Roman Catholic private school for both day and boarding students. 
The school is situated on a hill and overlooks the city of Bath.
The school hit headlines earlier this year when it confirmed that one of its past-pupils was among a group of university students named in connection with offensive online comments about rape, racism and FGM. The school condemned such behaviour.
The school's mission is to provide a Christian education, for pupils who attend both day and boarding.
Fees for the school are around £31,000 a year and include full lunch and supervised prep for day pupils.
Latest report data from the college says that it received an 'outstanding in all areas', for its November 2011 ISI Inspection Report, however the school has not displayed any recent data.

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