The Times of Tunbridge Wells is reporting that Kent County Council has hit back at suggestions that the grammar school system leads to poorer GCSE results in other schools.
The claim came from Kent Education Network (KEN) that is campaigning for an end to the Kent Test, or 11-plus, which it believes leads to education inequality.
The KCC’s Cabinet Member for Education, Roger Gough, said that although there were some other counties which outperformed Kent, they were not in the majority. The latest available figures showed that Kent students achieved an average points score of 779.8, compared with a national figure of 771.9, and an average across the south east of 776.6.
Mr Gough said it was ‘an unfortunate truth’ that there was a gap in the GCSE performance of children on free school meals, but this applied to both grammar and non-selective areas.
“Our overriding aim is to improve the education opportunities for children of all abilities across the county,” said Mr Gough.
“With the support of parents and committed school staff, students who want to do well will do well, whether they attend a grammar school, a non-selective school or a comprehensive.”
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