The Telegraph is reporting calls from a private school head that grammar schools should be brought back en masse to ensure that they do not become the “preserve of the middle classes”…
Responding to news that Britain’s first new grammar in 50 years is likely to be approved next month, Andrew Halls, the headmaster of King’s College School in southwest London, said he was “indifferent” about the idea of opening a small number of grammar schools.
He said he would support the opening of a large number of grammars, alongside well-resourced secondary schools and technical colleges, fulfilling the “vision” of the 1944 Education Act.
However, he admitted that the reintroduction of the original legislation – drafted by Conservative politician Rab Butler – was “never going to happen” due to the lack of political support…
Mr Halls told The Daily Telegraph: “The problem with grammar schools is that they have become so rare, which means that they are now very much the preserve of the middle classes.
“If you look at the statistics, the average grammar school has fewer than three per cent of candidates on free school meals.
“They are fantastic schools and I would not wish them gone, but if they are going to come back, they ought to come back in vast numbers, not just in privileged boroughs.
“Grammar schools only make sense if you are also looking after less academic children well – that is what the Education Act was trying to create, although it is not what it created…”
Thoughts and reactions? It’s certainly hard to argue against the idea that the current system has filled grammar schools with a high proportion of middle class families who can afford to live in the right areas and pay for tutoring to help with with admissions…
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