For better or worse, modern grammars have moved on

4th December 2009 at 00:00

I went to one of the top girls' grammars in Buckinghamshire, leaving after A-levels in 1982. I have a mediocre set of qualifications. Some of my friends left without any. I have often thought about why I achieved so little.

I must take some of the responsibility, but there is no doubt that from the start I found it boring.

I was not a difficult child or a trouble-maker. But I had been in a primary environment that had encouraged children to be independent learners. This was the complete opposite of what was on offer at grammar school, where everyone had identical sets of notes dictated by the teacher.

Both my own children are now at secondary school and I believe they receive a much more inspiring education than I was offered. While improvements can always be made, I don't believe that going back to a system that creates failures at every turn, like the 11-plus, is a good idea.

leapyear baby64, From The TES website, www.tes.co.ukmyths.

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