It must be nice to have £200,000 of public money to play with. This is the generous contribution that the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is making to the development of a new grammar school in its area.Hurrah!
Several more prospective grammar school plans have since emerged, convenient maybe for someone with a new-found ambition to be leader of the Conservative party but deeply disturbing to the rest of us.Ah, that ‘Guardian’ Royal We again. I’m not ‘disturbed’.
Grammar schools are socially divisive and anti-aspiration.*Yawns*
They don’t, and never have, done much for the majority of poor children.Tell that to my mother, who passed her scholarship & went to a grammar, consequently being better equipped and educated than most of today’s modern offerings.
Even the government’s favourite thinktank, Policy Exchange, agrees and recently highlighted evidence showing that any benefit to children attending grammar schools is outweighed by the impact on those left behind.What impact?
It is a dangerous moment, which is why a legal challenge to the Kent decision is now being seriously considered by the campaigning group Comprehensive Future (of which I am a member). We believe the new school, which this project clearly is, contravenes the last government’s own Academies Act, which states that any new academy must be an all-ability school.Ah, of course. The ‘Guardian’s’ slide into becoming merely a piece of agitprop rather than a newspaper continues…