The government has announced plans to hand over £50m to existing grammar schools to help create thousands of new places despite a funding crisis in other state schools. Critics hoped the government’s focus on expanding academic selection had been dropped after controversial plans to allow the creation of new grammar schools were scrapped. But the Department for Education has said the money for existing schools will create greater choice for parents, with the cash made available during the school year starting in September. Read more Grammar schools look to open ‘annexes’ amid ban on selection The funding will be dependent on grammar schools – of which there are 163 in England – setting out what action they will take to boost the number of disadvantaged pupils they admit. Measures are expected to include prioritising pupil premium pupils in school admission policies, as well as a commitment to improving outreach work with … [Read more...] about Government to give £50m to expand grammar schools despite concerns over funding crisis
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PUBLISHED: 08:30 25 April 2018 | UPDATED: 08:30 25 April 2018 Katy Sandalls Head Teacher Betty Langshaw retiring from Mills Grammar School in 1979. Picture: NICK DAVIES Betty Langshaw, who led the Mills Grammar School in Framlingham for more than twenty years has been remembered by the school’s staff of past and present. Miss Langshaw at her desk. Picture THOMAS MILLS HIGH SCHOOL Miss Langshaw joined the school then known as Mills Grammar School in January 1958 and retired in 1979 just before the school re-opened as Thomas Mills High School after merging with Framlingham Modern School. It was said that Miss Langshaw knew the name of every pupil at the school and would spend her free time learning their names. In the late 1970s when the school’s future was uncertain Miss Langshaw still galvanized efforts to install a full sized pool for pupils. John Hibberd worked at the school from 1975 until 2013 as deputy headteacher as well as head of history. Head Teacher … [Read more...] about Tributes paid to former Mills Grammar School head Betty Langshaw
0 Have your say Three 17-year-old engineering students from Spalding Grammar School enjoyed success in a national event. The ‘Trigonometric ‘ team’s remote control vehicle design fought off stiff competition to take third place in the Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge.Megan Kendall, Tristan McNeill and Samuel Eady have now own a coveted place at the Challenge’s World Finals, which last year was held in Abu Dhabi. Team Manager Megan said: “It’s been a real challenge and it’s a shock to be going to the World Finals, as we really didn’t expect to be on the podium. There’s a lot of work to do now, but the competition has really inspired us to stay in engineering and to keep going.” Rocky roads, tight bridges, steep hills and deep tunnels are just a few of the obstacles which their vehicle had to navigate on the test track that wound round, through and over a pair of Land Rover Discovery SUVs.With a verbal … [Read more...] about Spalding Grammar School students engineers of their own success
A group of grammar schools needs to change how they score the 11-plus admissions test as it is “unfair” for children born in the summer, the official admissions watchdog has suggested. Pupils taking the entry test for Colchester County High School for Girls, in Essex, must have their scores adjusted to reflect age differences, an Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) report said. The unweighted test – used by 10 grammar schools in Essex – puts children born in July or August at a disadvantage, compared with older pupils of the same school year, the OSA ruled. Read more Grammar schools 'damage social mobility' and should be 'phased out' “A smaller proportion of summer born girls who take the test achieve the required test scores than girls born at other times of the year," schools adjudicator Ann Talboys wrote. "I consider that the admission arrangements currently in operation are unfair to girls who are born in the summer … [Read more...] about Grammar school entry test ‘unfair’ for children born in summer
TATLER magazine may be known for their wealthy and glamorous readership, but in recent years, they have started a state school guide to suggest the best schools for your kids, without costing thousands of pounds. These are the schools for your tots which have got the seal of approval from the prestigious publication – so is child's on the list? Barnes Primary School (London SW13) Barnes is a suburban district of London, and the primary school is reasonably large, with 515 pupils. Starting from three-years-old, the school also has a reception – but ensuring your child gets into reception doesn’t guarantee them a space at the school later. Although it may be tricky to get yourself into the catchment area for this one, Barnes has a relatively high standard of other primary schools. Dulwich Hamlet Junior School (London SE21) Dulwich may be known for their prestigious but pricey Dulwich College, but this state school made the Tatler list. There are 390 pupils, starting … [Read more...] about What are the best primary schools in the UK for 2018 according to Tatler?