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Date published: 2005/10/10

The BBC says:

The most successful state secondary schools in England are admitting too few children from poorer families, says a report from an education charity.

The Sutton Trust says that in the top 200 schools, only 3% of pupils qualify for free school meals - compared to a national average of 14%.

"The best comprehensives serve the relatively affluent," says the Trust's chairman, Sir Peter Lampl.

He called for a "network of school buses" to give schools a wider reach.

The research looked at the intakes of the 6% of state schools with the best results at GCSE - and found that poorer pupils were under-represented.

The majority of this sample of schools were grammar schools - but the researchers say that the social make-up of the top comprehensives and grammars were not dissimilar.

Even allowing for the better-off areas served by some of these schools, the report says that poorer pupils (as defined by qualifying for free school meals) were still under-represented.

"We have replaced an education system which selected on ability with one that is socially selective: the best comprehensives serve the relatively affluent, while the remaining grammar schools attract far too few able students from poor backgrounds," said Sir Peter.

He proposed that successful schools could develop outreach projects and that school transport should put schools into the reach of families without cars.

The report concluded that it is "clear that the admissions system is not operating equitably and is in need of review".

The day these control freaks who love social engineering send their own kids to crap schools in order that a poor kid can go to a better school is the day that what they say has some credibility. Rather than wasting time and effort (and money) trying to come up with the perfectly politically correct mix in schools as defined by a bunch of middle class busy bodies, perhaps the UK should instead try and make all schools better.

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