Few children at Lancaster Royal Grammar from council estates: union official

There will be very few children at Lancaster Royal Grammar who are from council estates as social class comes into play, National Education Union officer Jim Dye has told Lancs Live.

“Linking that back to universities and the recent stats, there are probably a lot of working class students who are bright enough to go to the top universities but are not making it due to their social status.

“Grammar schools are more likely to be full of middle class children with parents who will encourage them to go to higher education and will have the funds to back them.

“It’s not rocket science, grammar schools take the most academically gifted students at 11 and so that sees them get more people into the top universities.

“What we see with grammar schools is there is a drag down compared to other schools, they don’t do as well as comprehensives when it comes to attainment and they don’t help working class students get to top universities.”

The Russell Group is a collection of 24 universities with a shared focus on research and a reputation for academic achievement, Lancs Live said.

When it comes to getting students into these universities, Lancaster Royal Grammar School tops the list in Lancashire with more than half (51 per cent) of its 459 Key Stage 5 students over the past three years attending Russell Group universities.

Students in Lancashire are more than twice as likely to get into top universities if they attend a grammar school rather than a comprehensive, Lancs Live continued.

Statistics from the Department of Education have revealed that four out of the top five schools in Lancashire for getting students into Russell Group universities, are grammar schools.

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