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. Labour described the decision as a ‘hugely backward step’.
The annexe for 450 girls will mean more places decided by passing an exam, but the education secretary ruled out a wave of new grammar schools. she said:
“It does not reflect a change in this government’s position on selective schools”