For better or worse, modern grammars have moved on

4th December 2009 at 00:00

I was amused and annoyed to read Adrian Elliott's "Myth: 'A return to grammar schools would improve standards and social mobility'", November 27). Every time anyone writes about grammar schools, there is the obligatory interview with someone who attended one in the 1950s. Get real - that was 50 years ago. Grammar schools have moved on, as have other schools.

My daughter attends a very good grammar school in Kent, and my son has just passed the Kent test, so will be going there next year. About 99 per cent of pupils there get five GCSE passes including English and maths, so it is ludicrous to bring up the 1959 figure of nearly 40 per cent failing to pass three O-levels.

At their grammar school, many students pass at least 10 GCSEs, among which they can do drama and PE - not everything has to be academic. My daughter is enjoying school very much, mainly as the other students actually want to work, instead of spending their time harassing the teachers.

What we need is a fair debate, with views from people on both sides of the fence.

Beth Cavendish, Adult educator, Kent.

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