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Widdecombe: Ban on new grammar schools should end

06/01/2011 Kelly
Former Conservative minister Ann Widdecombe is urging the coalition government to end the ban on new grammar schools.

Addressing an education conference in Blackpool, she suggested that bright children from disadvantaged backgrounds deserve a better education than some comprehensive schools are able to offer, the Guardian reports.

Although some comprehensives are "pure gold", many are "very large, incompetent and seriously disruptive", she explained.

"There was a time when a poor child who was academically able could go to a grammar school, and there was no issue of sending them on to Oxbridge afterwards. I have always thought we were totally wrong to abolish grammar schools," Ms Widdecombe commented.

Banning the creation of new grammar schools would have been less of a disaster if the comprehensive system was better, she added.

The Daily Telegraph revealed this week that completion for places in existing grammar schools is on the increase.

Former Conservative minister Ann Widdecombe is urging the coalition government to end the ban on new grammar schools.

Addressing an education conference in Blackpool, she suggested that bright children from disadvantaged backgrounds deserve a better education than some comprehensive schools are able to offer, the Guardian reports.

Although some comprehensives are "pure gold", many are "very large, incompetent and seriously disruptive", she explained.

"There was a time when a poor child who was academically able could go to a grammar school, and there was no issue of sending them on to Oxbridge afterwards. I have always thought we were totally wrong to abolish grammar schools," Ms Widdecombe commented.

Banning the creation of new grammar schools would have been less of a disaster if the comprehensive system was better, she added.

The Daily Telegraph revealed this week that completion for places in existing grammar schools is on the increase.
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