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First ‘new’ grammar school in 50 years

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Sean Coughlan quoted the Sutton Trust in his report on the new grammar school ‘annexe’ in Kent

England is to get its first “new” grammar school for five decades after it was agreed an existing school could build an “annexe” several miles away.

Weald of Kent school in Tonbridge will open a site in Sevenoaks, Kent – side-stepping a ban on new grammar schools.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said this was a “genuine expansion” of an existing school and not a change in policy on selection.

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The Sutton Trust, which promotes social mobility, highlighted research that less than 3% of pupils in grammar schools were entitled to free meals, compared with an average of 18% in the areas they serve.

Read the full report here.