The influence of affluence;Letter

11th June 1999 at 01:00
The front-page article and leader comment on the proportion of grammar and comprehensive-school pupils eligible for free school meals seems to miss the point entirely.

All such figures show is that 11-year-olds from more affluent backgrounds do better in academic admission tests than more disadvantaged counterparts.

This is hardly a revelation and, if remedies are to be sought, then your comment would perhaps be better directed at the primary sector which is, of course, entirely comprehensive in its organisation. How can selective schools be held responsible for the performance of children who have yet to pass through their gates?

Dr M A Fenton, 3 Hanbury Close, Wateringbury, Kent

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