This decision from the secretary of state is a setback for the council and the people of Kent, who have put their faith in, and strong vocal support behind, a legitimate and democratic process to campaign for selective education in Sevenoaks...
The council took specialist legal advice on this matter and remain convinced that an annex of an already established grammar school is the right way to respond to this issue.
We will be examining carefully the points raised by the Secretary of State in making his decision, and discussing them with the two schools concerned and looking at what next steps we might take, in the light of his comments.
While this knockback is particularly disappointing, I will look at what KCC can do to continue arguing this case."
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