“Grammar schools given £50m diversity bursary have 2 per cent of pupils from poorer backgrounds”

Colyton Grammar School will receive £490,000.
2.3% of its pupils have free school meals.
15.0% of Axe Valley Academy pupils have free school meals.
11.3% of Exmouth Community college pupils have free school meals.
The national average is 29.1%.
https://www.schoolguide.co.uk/schools/colyton-grammar-school-colyton

“The grammar schools awarded £50m of funding by the government classify just 2 per cent of their admissions as disadvantaged, according to research.

The sixteen schools, which have been given a share of a £50m investment awarded by the government to expand their institutions are said to have some of the worst diversity records in the country, according to the House of Commons library.

Altogether, the funding will create 4,000 more grammar school places from poorer backgrounds.

The pot, which the government said it would provide in May, was criticised for providing a “covert” way to annexe the schools, which were accused of limiting social mobility, reported The Independent.

In order to qualify for the fund, the institutions had to submit plans on how they would try to increase the proportion of poorer pupils, reported The Times.

0.4 per cent of pupils receiving free school meals

The schools applying for the cash had to submit plans on how they would try to increase the proportion of poorer pupils.

One of the schools receiving funds from the government has 0.4 per cent of its pupils receive free school meals.

At Kendrick School, a girls’ grammar in Reading, the figure was in comparison to 9.8 per cent of secondary school pupils receiving school meals across the local authority.

Just 1 per cent of pupils qualified for free school meals at Chelmsford County High School for Girls, in comparison to an Essex-wide figure of 9 per cent, reported The Times. …”

https://inews.co.uk/news/education/grammar-school-funding-diversity-50m/amp/

One thought on ““Grammar schools given £50m diversity bursary have 2 per cent of pupils from poorer backgrounds”

  1. Grammar schools do limit social mobility, always did always will, they are simply an opportunity to give the equivalent of private education to better off families and funded by the taxpayer. The Government should give those millions to the ordinary comprehensive schools so that they are allowed to improve for the benefit of all children.
    Sadly this is the result of the devious methods of this Tory Government.

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