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Britain's First Grammar School For 50 Years

08/12/2014 11:57 | Updated 20 May 2015

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A new grammar school is to open for the first time in 50 years.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is expected to approve the new school in Kent in January.

The girls-only school will open in the town of Sevenoaks, officially as an annexe of the existing Weald of Kent school nine miles away.

The new selective school – which already has planning permission and a £16 million building fund – will admit 90 pupils a year from 2016.

According to the Telegraph, Kent County Council said the school will be 'compliant' with regulations which state that any new grammar school must be the satellite campus of an existing institution. Damian Green, one of the MPs, said: "I'm delighted that this will be the first new grammar school for decades. I hope it's the first of many. It shows that it is possible to create grammar schools even under the existing laws.

"I would like to see a change of law so this is an option for parents in many other parts of the country. There is room for grammar schools because they are the best way of spreading opportunity to children from disadvantaged backgrounds."

There are 164 grammars in England. The best dominate secondary school league tables for exam performance, as their pupils outshine their peers in fee-paying private schools.

Prime Minister David Cameron triggered a row within the Conservative party in 2007 after ruling out an expansion of grammar schools, saying parents do not want their children 'divided into sheep and goats at the age of 11'.