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 ...

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 ...

Sevenoaks Grammar – No Negative Impact On Town’s High School, Finds Survey

Posted on Nov 30, 2012
Sevenoaks Grammar – No Negative Impact On Town’s High School, Finds Survey

An independent survey conducted by a pro-comprehensive think tank has found that the Sevenoaks Grammar School will have no detrimental impact on The Knole Academy, the high school in Sevenoaks. The independent survey into the schooling needs of Sevenoaks pupils was conducted over the summer, and responses were received from the parents of 1,146 Sevenoaks ...

Sevenoaks Grammar Plan Debated By Kent Councillors

Posted on Mar 29, 2012
Sevenoaks Grammar Plan Debated By Kent Councillors

On 29th March, Kent County Council (“KCC”) debated the establishment of a Sevenoaks Grammar School in the Council Chamber at County Hall in Maidstone. The Council debate had been triggered by an e-petition established by the Sevenoaks Grammar School Campaign, which achieved over 2,600 signatures. Campaigner Andrew Shilling gave the following speech to open the ...