More than half of grammar school expansion bids failed

More than half of the first round of bids from grammar schools that wanted to expand were turned down, it was revealed today. Tes reports.

Just 16 schools were successful in their bids to create additional places under the government’s selective schools expansion fund last year – which enables schools to expand only if they demonstrate how they will attract more disadvantaged pupils and work with other schools in their area to raise standards.

But the full list of applicants published today shows that there were 41 applications.

The Department for Education has now opened bidding for the second round of the fund.

The creation of new grammar schools was outlawed in 1998, but existing grammar schools are allowed to expand. Expansion plans can include setting up annexes that can be several miles from the existing school, as long as new provision is fully integrated with the teaching and learning in the new school.

But the plan to expand grammars has been controversial, with Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, previously saying he was “disappointed” that the government had decided to “spend scarce funding on expanding grammar schools”.

The 16 schools that were successful in their bids for money from the first round were:

  • St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School, Barnet
  • Bournemouth School for Girls, Bournemouth

  • Bournemouth School, Bournemouth

  • Sir William Borlase’s Grammar school, Buckinghamshire

  • John Hampden Grammar School, Buckinghamshire

  • Colyton Grammar School, Devon

Read who were the rest of the successful applicants and those who failed More than half of grammar school expansion bids failed

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