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Grammar Schools: Admissions

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his policy is on selection by ability in grammar schools; and if he will make a statement. (201405)

We do not support selection by high academic ability and do not wish to see it extended. Legislation prevents admission authorities from introducing new selection of this type. Grammar schools already selecting in this way at the beginning of the 1997/98 academic year may continue to do so with decisions on whether individual grammar schools should continue to do so being made at a local level. Mechanisms are in place to allow parents to vote to remove selection at a grammar school.