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Approval for the first new grammar school in 50 years was announced by the Education Secretary today - with major implications for schools right across the country
Windsor and Maidenhead could well follow in Kent's highly controversial footsteps - and many others may go the same way too.
Christine Alsford has been following today's developments - and looking at the knock on for education here in the South
Campaigners in Kent are celebrating victory tonight after the government gave the go-ahead to controversial plans for Britain's first grammar school in fifty years. The creation of new grammar schools is illegal. But the school approved today has been allowed on the basis that it's an 'annexe' of an exisiting grammar ten miles away. A victory for great education, say campaigners. A disgraceful dodging of the law, say opponents. Tom Savvides reports.
Nearly fours years to the day since Sevenoaks parents launched their campaign, the Sevenoaks grammar school annexe has been granted approval by Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan.
The annexe of Weald Of Kent Grammar School will open in Sevenoaks in September 2017.
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The Education Secretary will approve plans for the country's first new grammar school in 50 years to be in Kent.