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Grammar school allowed to expand.

Grammar school allowed to expand.

Here are the minister’s justifications for her decision:

  • She believes the proposal represents “a genuine expansion of the existing school”, and she is convinced the two sites – educating girls in Tonbridge and Sevenoaks – will be fully integrated
  • Currently, the Weald of Kent Grammar School is one of the top performing schools in the country, with 99 per cent of its students achieving five A*-C grades in GCSE exams in 2014. She is optimistic this high standard of learning will be replicated at the annexe
  • The new school will “better meet the needs of parents in the local area", Ms Morgan claims, as a high number (41 per cent) of existing pupils at the Weald of Kent Grammar School currently travel from the Sevenoaks area
  • She insists that it does not reflect a change in this government’s position on selective schools but instead reaffirms the view “that all good schools should be able to expand” to meet the rising demand for pupil places

The decision comes almost four years after Sevenoaks parents launched a campaign for a new grammar school. 

 

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