School News Roundup

The past months have seen a rise in grammar-school related news, with the debate over new grammar schools breaking out again due to Weald of Kent Grammar School’s planned expansion, and the recent GCSE League Tables prompting numerous comments on the current state of education.

The Telegraph summarises some of the controversy over the recent Weald of Kent expansion, after campaign groups recently abandoned plans to challenge the new school annex.

New Grammar School in Kent Likely to Go Ahead

Plans to challenge the construction of a new grammar school in Kent have been dropped recently, and it seems increasingly probable that the Weald of Kent Grammar School’s Sevenoaks expansion will open as planned in September of 2017. While there is still a prohibition on creating completely new grammar schools, existing grammar schools like Weald of Kent are permitted to develop “annex” schools under the free schools Programme. If development goes through it will be the first new grammar school opened in 50 years.