Meopham School in Gravesham, a non-selective mixed academy that has achieved excellent GCSE results this year, is proposing to change its status to become a mixed grammar school from September 2018.
This school, with a current intake of 160 students and run by the Swale Academies Trust, has published a Consultation document about the plan. This outlines the proposal if the recommendations of the recently published government Green Paper allowing non-selective schools to convert to grammar schools are approved. Current students at the school would be able to continue on their present courses.
I can see there would be strong demand for such a school if it came into being, as outlined below, but there are also massive problems for non-selective children in an area where there is already enormous pressure on non-selective places.
This is just the first proposal nationally to become public, and gives rise to speculation about several other possibilities of a similar nature across the county.
Please note: What follows are my initial reactions to breaking news today, but I will return to it, with a more measured response and updates as they arise.