It was unusual to see Labour’s candidate for the Ealing Central and Acton constituency acknowledging her time at Notting Hill and Ealing High School last night.
A recent leaflet from Rupa Huq said:
I went through primary and secondary schools in the constituency and this is where I am bringing my young family now.
It was accompanied by a photo of her and her sister with a caption referring to Montpelier Primary School. No mention of her “secondary school”.
In her tweet last night Rupa Huq referred to “my old 2ndry”. I think Huq is trying to down play her elite education, without which it is hard to get anywhere in modern politics, whatever party interests you.
Although it is some years since Rupa Huq went to Notting Hill it has had a good reputation for decades. It is an elite private school, part of the Girls’ Day School Trust network.
According to the Sunday Times Notting Hill is ranked 35th out of 420 private schools in the country. In 2014 90.1% of girls taking a GCSE got A*/A and 91.8% of girls taking an A level got A*/A/B. These figures are eye-watering and leave the rest of Ealing’s schools standing (more of that later).
After Notting Hill it was not a great leap to Cambridge. So when Rupa Huq makes out that she is just a local girl start looking for the salt cellar.
Anyway, apparently last night at the Notting Hill careers fair Rupa Huq wasn’t talking about how to get ahead in the groves of academe as a sociology lecturer. Judging by the pile of Labour party leaflets on her table she was electioneering.