Grammar schools


Do the numbers add up for Croydon grammar schools?

Posted on March 30th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 8 comments

A modest increase in grammar school places would be good for Croydon

Money set aside in this week’s budget is another step towards more grammar school places for Croydon, as strongly supported by Croydon South’s MP Chris Philp and Steve O’Connell, our local GLA member. This won’t happen any time soon – but the sooner the better for those of us who support a modest increase in … Read More »



A positive case for a Croydon grammar school

Posted on September 22nd, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 9 comments

With plans for a Croydon example advancing, Robert Ward takes another look at the grammar school debate

Attempting to approach the question of a grammar school for Croydon with an open mind, I was struck by how poor was the case on both sides. Proponents mainly quoted anecdotes about themselves; opponents were incoherent and miss-applied statistics. Locally and nationally this has even more than usual been a … Read More »



Should Croydon even get a new grammar school?

Posted on August 25th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 9 comments

Changes on the political scene mean that one of Croydon’s perennial topics is back on the agenda

Our new prime minister has indicated that she is minded to authorise new grammar schools. In response, Croydon South MP Chris Philp has written to the Education Secretary requesting funding for new grammar school places in Croydon. Chris has campaigned on this for some time, citing his own … Read More »



Selection by ability is not how you build a fair education system

Posted on November 12th, by Joe Flynn in Politics & Society. 18 comments

Teacher Joe Flynn isn’t convinced that Croydon, or anywhere else, needs a new grammar school. Quite the opposite, in fact

As a former grammar school pupil myself, some years ago I would’ve supported the view laid out by Robert Ward that a new grammar school for Croydon is a good idea. Since becoming a teacher, however, I’ve been convinced that selection by ability is an … Read More »



The case for more grammar school places in Croydon

Posted on October 29th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 11 comments

If Croydon wants to follow Sevenoaks’ lead in opening a ‘new’ grammar school, Robert Ward won’t object

The MP for Croydon South, Chris Philp, has welcomed the announcement that a grammar school will soon be opened in Sevenoaks. Officially, it will be an annexe to the nearby Weald of Kent School in Tonbridge. Why? To get round the 1998 law forbidding new grammar schools. Chris … Read More »



Grammar schools: For hard working children?

Posted on February 24th, by Cormac Mannion in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Adding to the grammar school debate, Cormac Mannion asks what value, if any, grammar schools have

In his article that recently appeared in the Croydon Citizen’s second print edition, Benjamin Flook rightly addressed the pressing issue of Croydon’s schools’ inability to cater for our rapidly expanding population. As a solution to this, Mr Flook suggested drawing on the success of neighbouring Sutton and … Read More »



Grammar schools: Learning from the past to avoid repeating mistakes

Posted on February 17th, by Patrick Ainley in Politics & Society. 9 comments

Patrick Ainley suggests that Benjamin Flook’s advocacy of grammar schools is contradictory

Benjamin Flook is 17, but if he really wants to be a Tory MP, he ought to learn the history of his party. In the year he was born, for instance, John Major promised ‘a grammar school in every town’ in the general election he lost so badly. This was a vote loser because people can … Read More »



Grammar Schools: Croydon can learn from Sutton’s example

Posted on October 30th, by Ben Flook in Politics & Society. 9 comments

New contributor Benjamin Flook suggests that a re-introduction of grammar schools would provide greater educational equality

Similar to the other London boroughs, Croydon has a shortage of available school places for the rapidly increasing demand. In the last two years alone, demand for reception places has increased by a considerable 25% due to London’s exponentially growing population. While the immediate problem may be primary schools, … Read More »