Top grammar schools illegally treated its students as ‘collateral damage’ to keep exam results high, report finds

St Olave’s, a selective boys school in Orpington, south-east London, faced legal action from parents last summer over claims that pupils who were unlikely to get top grades at A-level were being forced out.  The Telegraph reports.

An independent inquiry into the school, commissioned by Bromley council, found that there was “no justification” for St Olave’s to have withdrawn places from sixth form pupils.

The report concluded that St Olave’s was “putting the institution above the pupils when in fact the institution is the pupils. Parents of the pupils affected were right to say their children were being treated as collateral damage.”

The report, led by Christine Whatford CBE, said that  Bromley council and the Diocese of Rochester should apologise to the parents affected, and that the school should axe its policy of restricting access to the upper sixth form.

St Olave’s was at the centre of a row last summer after parents launched legal action over a decision to withdraw places from two sixth-formers who had failed to achieve Bs.

The high-achieving school later reversed its decision before a hearing took place and the legal action was dropped. Paul Wright, who took over as chair of governors at St Olave’s after the scandal broke, said the governing body fully accepted the findings and recommendations of the report.

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