Did you mean high living standards?
In January 1998 comprehensives had six times the proportion of their students on income support as had state-funded grammar schools (Ofsted PANDA Annex tables for Secondary Schools).
Translate that income advantage for grammar pupils into heated bedrooms suitable for study, with computers, up-to-date books and journals; transport to theatres, museums and libraries; private tuition when needed; parents driving to evening school meetings; not to mention trips abroad, a healthy diet and someone at home demonstrating that a steady job, whatever the drawbacks, is preferable to mere survival.
Are grammar schools more than exclusion zones for the poor? Perhaps we readers of expensive dailies like a bit of exclusivity, but not when the remaining grammar schools feed on creaming off the intake of neighbouring schools.
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