Saw this in the telegraph today and checked the date to make sure it wasnt April 1st.
Grammar schools 'to give state school pupils priority'
Two grammar schools are to give state school pupils priority in admissions.
The move, by Parkstone Grammar for girls and Poole Grammar for boys, both in Poole, Dorset, has prompted claims of discrimination against the middle classes.
The schools told private primary schools that their pupils would be sent to the bottom of the list if places were oversubscribed.
Poole council said it supported the plan and that it was "in line" with the Government's admissions code.
Iain Robertson, the head teacher of Buckholme Towers School, a private school in Poole, told The Times: "It is as if they are saying that our pupils have an advantage over pupils from deprived areas.
"If so, then what about the pupils at state schools who have the means to pay for extra tuition specifically to help them gain a place at the local grammar school - they surely have an unfair advantage over their classmates?"
At present, children must pass an entrance test to gain a place at the schools. If the school is oversubscribed, priority is given first to children in care and then to those educated in state or private schools within Poole. Children from outside Poole are then allocated places in rank order of their entrance test scores.
Under the new plans, private pupils from within Poole will join those from outside the borough at the bottom of the list.
Lynn King, a parent whose daughter, Abbie-Gayle, 10, attends Buckholme Towers, told the newspaper she had hoped to send her daughter to Parkstone Grammar.
"Now we are going to be discriminated against because they have said they are going to give places to children from state schools first," she said.
This is the link to the article
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/ed ... ority.html