This evening, Bromley Borough Council became the first council in England for decades to support the expansion of grammar schools by passing the following motion*:-
This Council notes that the Secretary of State for Education has indicated that existing selective schools may expand their provision by the creation of satellite campuses;
It further notes that parents in the neighbouring district of Sevenoaks, with the support of the local Member of Parliament, Michael Fallon and members of Kent County Council, are actively pursuing such an option;
It further notes that demand for places by Bromley parents at the two selective schools** within the borough and for places in neighbouring authorities far outweighs the number of available places;
It resolves to support, in principle, any move by either of the two selective schools in the borough or by schools in neighbouring districts (including independent selective schools) to provide additional selective places in Bromley and particularly in those parts of the borough most distant from existing provision of selective places.
* http://cds.bromley.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=115&MId=3749 (Item 13)
**St Olave’s Grammar School (For Boys) and Newstead Wood School (For Girls).