Are top comprehensives more 'exclusive' than grammar schools?
England's top comprehensives are more socially exclusive than the remaining grammar schools, a report says. Do you think there is more competition to get into top comprehensive schools than to get into grammars?
The Sutton Trust report finds that in the 164 most socially selective comprehensives, only 9.2% are from poor backgrounds compared with 13.5% in the 164 remaining grammar schools, which are wholly selective on the basis of ability.
The report also reveals some of the lengths parents go to to get their child in to the desired secondary school. These included renting or buying a property close to a good school, or encouraging their children to underperform in fair banding tests, which seek to allocate a fair spread of different ability pupils to schools.
Are comprehensives more socially 'exclusive' than grammars? Is your child in a top comprehensive school? What lengths did you go to to get your child a place?
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