asked Her Majesty's Government:
Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Adonis on 19 October (WA 202), whether the specialist schools programme is open to (a) an existing maintained secondary school wishing to convert to become a grammar school or academic college; and (b) sponsors wishing to set up a new grammar school or academic college.[HL7920]
Legislation prevents schools introducing selection by academic ability. Therefore, there can be no new grammar schools. All new state-funded secondary schools should have or be aspiring to have specialist status.