Independent schools do change lives

Independent schools do change lives

The abolition of the assisted places scheme and grammar system has contributed to a decline in social mobility

As the headmistress of an independent girls’ secondary school, it might be reasonable to expect criticism from those who probably have never had first-hand experience of life in an independent school. But we shouldn’t be afraid of shirking issues for fear of stoking the fire.

Selective schooling, both state-funded and independent, has been the subject of controversy for decades. The grammar system and assisted places in independent schools throughout history at times have been lauded as drivers of social mobility; on others they […]