Its kind of funny isn't it about the two tier approach? So how come the Essex Grammars do not have similar policies for priority of local children? Although it does our daughter no favours as we are resident in Essex - I have some sympathy with the approach Southend takes for its local children. Presumably when Essex and Southend were one LA - they had the same selection criteria?
I read somewhere (could have even been on here) that Southend did a deal with the LA when there was a big drive to get rid of grammars, in that they would give priority to local children in exchange for continued existence (Teddy Taylor was the MP at the time).