Grammars are 'socially divisive'

10th November 2000 at 00:00
OPPONENTS of the 11-plus this week claimed official figures show that grammar schools are socially divisive and educate fewer children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Government statistics reveal that only 2.7 per cent of pupils ingrammars are eligible for free school meals, compared to 17.1 per cent in comprehensives. Ethnic minorities are slightly less well represented in grammars than comprehensives, at 11.4 per cent compared to 11.9 per cent.

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