THE OUTCOME of the ballot over the future of Ripon grammar school is expected today. The Yorkshire school will discover whether it has held out against the anti-selection campaigners when the result is announced between 6.30pm and 7.30pm this evening. The vote was triggered when campaigners gathered the signatures of 587 eligible parents - the 20 per cent needed to force a ballot.
If the cmpaigners succeed, the 450-year-old school will have to scrap its 11-plus exam from September 2002. Their latest target is Latymer school in Enfield, north London.
In Barnet anti-selection campaigners have discovered that 23,000 of the 36,036 parents eligible to vote in a ballot live outside the London borough. Only 31 of Barnet's 94 primary schools are eligible feeder schools.