In Kent we have the largest remnant of grammar schooling in the country. A mixture of class prejudice, private coaching and even private 11-plus preparatory schools has ensured that very few children with any kind of deprivation get selected for grammar school. Ofsted has reported that the social mix among high-flyers from comprehensives is far more balanced than it is at grammar schools.
By turning their back on the honourable tradition of educating the "poor of the parish", written into many of their foundation charters, the grammar schools have invalidated the only forceful argument for their retention.
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