MP says more grammar schools will give Rugby pupils a better chance

MP Mark Pawsey welcomed Sheriff pupils at Westminster recently. NNL-160913-163724001
MP Mark Pawsey welcomed Sheriff pupils at Westminster recently. NNL-160913-163724001

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey has spoken out strongly in favour of more grammar schools on the basis it will be better for young people who live in our area.

With only Rugby and Stratford having kept grammar schools in Warwickshire, there is fierce competition for places, with many pupils coming from outside the area and outside the county.

So while the announcement about increasing grammar school places has provoked fierce debate, Mr Pawsey says it could redress the balance for parents who feel Rugby youngsters are losing out under the current system.

During a statement on Tuesday made by the Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening MP, he highlighted the pressure for places caused by applications from pupils outside Warwickshire.

Mr Pawsey, a former Sheriff pupil, said: “Rugby’s three grammar schools, Lawrence Sheriff School, Rugby High School and Ashlawn School, all have excellent reputations and as a consequence they are extremely popular not only with parents and pupils from Rugby, but also from the surrounding area.

“This has led to considerable pressure on places and results in fewer places being offered to children in Rugby than would be the case if other areas were able to offer their own selective places.

“Enabling the provision of additional selective places across the country will create more opportunities for children in Rugby to attend our local grammar schools.”

He was also broadly supportive of the plans to relax the rules on expanding selective schools, as well as allowing new ones to open and non-selective schools to become more selective where there is a demand.

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