Michael Gove 'backs more grammar schools'
Richard Garner has been Education Editor of The Independent for 12 years and writing about the subject for 34 years. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a disc jockey in London pubs and clubs and for a hospital radio station. His main hobbies are cricket (watching these days) and theatre. On his days off, he is most likelt to be found at Lord’s or the King’s Head Theatre Club.
Thursday 10 May 2012
Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, has pledged his support for the expansion of grammar schools, it was claimed yesterday.
People who attended a reception at the Commons last month held by Friends of Grammar Schools said Mr Gove had expressed support for the example set in Kent, where a new "satellite" grammar school – an extension of an existing one – has opened. Christopher Ray, high master of Manchester Grammar School, said Mr Gove had been "enthusiastic" about the extension of a similar scheme to other grammar schools.
Graham Brady, the Tory MP and grammar school campaigner who organised the reception, added: "I think that would be how I remembered what he said – although I don't remember the exact words."
But Mr Gove's office insisted he had not made such a promise. "He was very careful with his words," a source said. "[He said] 'Grammar schools are great... I believe all good schools should be allowed to expand'."
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