Abandon satellite grammar school plan, says campaign group

Grace Witherden

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A campaign group has called on the prime minister to tell Royal Borough councillors to ‘abandon’ the prospect of a satellite grammar school.

Excellent Education for Everyone is against a satellite grammar school to Sir William Borlase’s in Marlow being built in the borough and is calling on Theresa May to step in.

In a letter addressed to the Advertiser, the group states: “If our MP and Prime Minister, Theresa May, wants to demonstrate her determination that everybody should have the opportunity to improve their lives and their families’ lives, she could do no better than tell the councillors in her constituency that they should abandon the prospect of a satellite grammar school to Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School being built in the Royal Borough.”

The group states three per cent of children attending grammar schools in Buckinghamshire are entitled to free school meals, and at Sir William Borlase’s it is just two children, compared to the Maidenhead average of 14 per cent. The group says: “This is not a model for social mobility, it is a model for dividing society.”

See next week's Advertiser to read the letter in full.

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