... while the kids at the secondary moderns and the comps did no better because the grammar was scrapped. Had I been born in 1972 rather than 1962, by which time Leicestershire had started to abolish the grammars, I would not have had the life chances I have had. . Part of it is the result of a general leftward shift in my political outlook. On average 2.6% of grammar school children received free school meals compared with 13.4% of children across all state secondary schools, according to the latest school census. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. Hey, guys! The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. Rugby and cricket were the official sports; football was discouraged. Try finding that in a state school today. Here is a comparison of 163 UK Grammar Schools based on their academic performance at GCSEs and their Progress 8 measures. Allow grammar schools to expand – or better yet, open new ones in parts of the country you want to ‘level up’ – and the social mix of their pupils will change. Yet had that 20 per cent gone to a comp, they would have had a far worse schooling – while the kids at the secondary moderns and the comps did no better because the grammar was scrapped. With the country so divided, and educational disadvantage growing so rapidly, even more so during the pandemic, it is time to act. Read our full mailing list consent terms here. And I was wrong then and am right now. on 10 December, It's still rich v poor in English schools – exactly as Boris Johnson likes it | Fiona Millar. I have also been profoundly influenced by my family’s experience, from seeing close up how a fantastic comprehensive works. And despite 76 per cent of local authorities having no grammar schools, nearly 2,000 comprehensive schools send only slightly more pupils to Oxbridge than all 163 grammar schools. Therefore, the chances of children from these backgrounds are lesser in any test situation. See also: ‘Grammar schools and social mobility’: our first report on this area – the most detailed impartial study of the data and evidence on selective schools for almost a decade. And he was right. In the town there are two state secondary schools, a grammar and a secondary modern, right next door to each other. I received barely a handful of letters protesting at the system and was lobbied directly only once, by two Labour supporters who did not have children. Good results: Grammar schools get great academic results. On average, 10.7% of pupils at Bucks’ non-selective schools are eligible for free school meals (FSM) while the figure for the county’s grammars is just 2%, and a third of Bucks’ non-selective schools are currently rated less than good. This made secondary education after the age of 14 free. There is … We do not suggest that local areas can pick their own energy policy, so why should we with education? {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}}, Read more New grammar school opening, but don't expect more to follow, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. 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