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Legality of new grammar school for Kent questioned

A new grammar school in Sevenoaks due to open in September 2017 Credit: ITV News

Campaigners opposed to a new grammar school in Kent say they've been unable to determine whether the plans are legal because of difficulty obtaining background information.

However the Comprehensive Future group has stopped short of calling for a judicial review into the plans.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan approved the plans in October Credit: PA

The Government approved a proposal in October last year for the first new grammar school for 50 years to be built in Sevenoaks.

But to sidestep the rules on creating new grammars, the Government says it agreed not to a new school but an annex of the Weald of Kent School in Tonbridge.

In the past few months, Comprehensive Future has requested information from the government, Kent County Council and the school in order to test the legal basis of this claim.

Information has often not been forthcoming or has been unaccountably delayed.

Those plans that CF has been allowed to see appear to be highly impracticable and are unlikely to be sustained over the long term but the government has forbidden us to discuss these publicly.

– Comprehensive Futures statement

The group says it intends to keep a close eye on the development of the school and in particular says it will be scrutinising details of the school’s plans when published in the funding agreement.

The school is due to open in September 2017 after a long campaign by parents who say there is a desperate need for more grammar places in West Kent.