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How one university has created a school to ‘match the aspirations’ of the best

It may be early days for University of Birmingham School, but it wants to show the way for HE institutions’ involvement in secondary education

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It has only been open for a year and a term, so it’s hard to tell if University of Birmingham School will be a success. But parents have already bet heavily on it: by the time lessons began, it had already become the most oversubscribed comprehensive in Britain’s largest local authority.

As one of two university training schools – the other is a primary run by the University of Cambridge – it faces intense scrutiny, with observers looking to settle the question of whether universities should have a role in running schools.

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