Headteachers from some of the UK's top private schools have come together to plan for grammar schools in some of the most deprived areas in the country, The Sunday Times has reported.
According to the newspaper, heads of schools including Brighton College, Highgate School, University College School and King’s College School, Wimbledon will speak to education secretary Justine Greening about how they can help to develop 20 new grammar schools.
These new schools would select students from the age of 11 and be based in 20 deprived areas. Those areas already identified are Knowsley, where there are no schools offering A-levels, and Derby, which was recently slated by the chief schools inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, for its lack of academic ambition.
Richard Cairns, head of Brighton College, outlined the message that these independent schools plan to give the government: "Agree the 20 places in deprived parts of the country to set up grammar schools and we will help you with that. We understand selection and teaching bright children to a high level, and preparing them for good universities. That is our DNA and we want to share it."
The debate on grammar schools has been active lately, since prime minister Theresa May confirmed plans for a new generation of selective grammar schools.
However, this suggested initiative confirms the aim, which is for the new grammar schools to be accessible for disadvantaged students.