Lee Elliot Major

Sharp-elbowed, middle-class parents will stop at nothing

Social selection is very much in evidence at our top secondary schools, deepening disadvantage in our society, writes the chief executive of the Sutton Trust

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Social selection at our top-performing secondary schools manifests itself in myriad ways. Poorer pupils can be priced out of the catchment areas of popular comprehensives because local houses can cost as much as £45,700 more than those nearby. And even those young people who do live locally are less likely to get a school place: four-fifths (85 per cent) of comprehensive schools at the top of England’s GCSE tables enrolled a significantly lower proportion of disadvantaged pupils than the proportion of disadvantaged children in their catchments.

Faith schools are the most socially selective ...

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