Prime Minister Announces Removal Of Ban On New Grammar Schools

Posted on Sep 9, 2016
Prime Minister Announces Removal Of Ban On New Grammar Schools

Prime Minister Theresa May announced today that her government intends to remove the ban on new grammar schools in England. Reacting to the news, Andrew Shilling of the Sevenoaks Grammar School Campaign said:- “The proposed removal of the ban on new grammar schools is excellent news for Sevenoaks parents. This is because the lifting of ...

Construction Work Begins On The Sevenoaks Grammar Annexe

Posted on Jul 29, 2016
Construction Work Begins On The Sevenoaks Grammar Annexe

Construction work has commenced on the Sevenoaks grammar annexe building on the Wildernesse site on the outskirts of the town. The construction firm Willmott Dixon is now on site, and has commenced excavating the foundations for the new building. Construction and fit out work will be completed by September 2017 when the school will open ...

Why Are Grammar Schools Better Than Comprehensives?

Posted on Mar 26, 2016
Why Are Grammar Schools Better Than Comprehensives?

Andrew Shilling of the Sevenoaks Grammar School Campaign recently gave a speech at the Cambridge Union to explain why grammar schools provide a better education to bright children than comprehensive schools. The text of his speech is reproduced below. “Good evening. My name is Andrew Shilling and four years ago my wife Sarah and I ...

Co-Ed Grammar Sixth Form To Open In Sevenoaks In 2018

Posted on Jan 23, 2016
Co-Ed Grammar Sixth Form To Open In Sevenoaks In 2018

Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, has announced that a mixed sex sixth form grammar school annexe will open in Sevenoaks in 2018, one year after after the Sevenoaks grammar annexe opens its doors to year seven girls. This is exciting news, and heralds a profound change to the educational landscape in our town, because, for the ...

And Now For The Boys…

Posted on Jan 20, 2016
And Now For The Boys…

Now that grammar school places for girls have been secured in Sevenoaks, the next challenge for parents is to campaign for boys’ places in the town. It is therefore very welcome news that the town’s MP, Michael Fallon, has opened discussions with boys’ grammar schools in West Kent over them sponsoring a boys’ grammar annexe ...

National Press Acclaim For The Sevenoaks Grammar Annexe

Posted on Nov 8, 2015
National Press Acclaim For The Sevenoaks Grammar Annexe

Following the announcement of Government approval for the new Sevenoaks grammar annexe, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail and The Sun published lead articles hailing the news. The articles, which are reproduced below, were headlined “Hurrah For Sevenoaks’ New Grammar School”, “Now Allow Grammar Schools Nationwide”, and “Every Bright, Working-Class Kid Deserves Chance In Life ...

Sevenoaks Grammar Receives Government Approval – At Last!

Posted on Oct 15, 2015
Sevenoaks Grammar Receives Government Approval – At Last!

Nearly fours years to the day since Sevenoaks parents launched their campaign, the Sevenoaks grammar school annexe has at last been granted approval by Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan. A girls annexe of Weald Of Kent Grammar School will now open in Sevenoaks in September 2017. Planning permission for the Sevenoaks grammar building was granted last ...

Bright Children Perform Much Better At Grammars Than At Comprehensives, According To Ofsted

Posted on Mar 5, 2015
Bright Children Perform Much Better At Grammars Than At Comprehensives, According To Ofsted

A report published by Ofsted this week reveals that bright children in England perform much better at state grammar schools than at state comprehensive schools. The report titled “The Most Able Students – An Update On Progress Since June 2013” was published on 3rd March 2015. The report laments the huge under performance of bright ...

Resurrected Sevenoaks Grammar Plans Seek Government Approval

Posted on Nov 10, 2014
Resurrected Sevenoaks Grammar Plans Seek Government Approval

Weald Of Kent Grammar School of Tonbridge has submitted revised plans to Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, for a grammar school annexe for girls in Sevenoaks. Planning permission for the grammar annexe building in Sevenoaks has already been granted, and £16m has been set aside for the building project. Key planning documents are here — Aerial ...

Shortfall In Grammar Places For Sevenoaks Students Passes 120

Posted on Mar 25, 2014
Shortfall In Grammar Places For Sevenoaks Students Passes 120

For the first time the shortfall in grammar school places for Sevenoaks students has exceeded 120, highlighting the urgent need for a new grammar school annexe in the town. Figures released this month show that over 510 boys were eligible for the 420* boys’ places available in West Kent grammar schools for 2014 entry, creating ...

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