Schools: Grammar Schools

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th February 2012.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in relation to grammar school expansion, there is a limit as to where an annex to a grammar school can be situated; and, if not, whether they envisage a chain of grammar schools throughout the country, similar to the chains of academies.

Photo of Lord Hill of Oareford Lord Hill of Oareford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Section 39 EIA 2006 and s104 SSFA effectively mean there can be no new maintained schools with selective admission arrangements and we have not proposed any changes to that legislation. The Academies Act 2010 only provides for existing grammar schools to convert to academy status and does not allow any new selective academies to be established.

It is possible for an existing maintained grammar school or academy with selective arrangements to expand the number of places they offer, including by extending onto another site; split site schools are not a new concept. There are, however, limitations on expansion. It would have to be a continuation of the existing school.

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