Head welcomes recommendations ‘unreservedly’
In evidence to the committee, one head teacher said there was an impression among some families that grammars were “expensive independent schools”.
KCC was also urged to ensure that it did more to explain what options were available to children when they applied for secondary schools.
And the authority was told it should challenge schools over the number of children from disadvantaged backgrounds they were accepting.
There was concern among county councillors that “super selective” grammars were not doing enough, with a recommendation they give priority to some children on the pupil premium.
Dover Grammar School for Girls head teacher told the committee: “This report challenges us all to continue to keep open and to open yet wider, the doors to a grammar school education for all our young people.
“Grammar school heads will not rest until there is absolute parity of opportunity for all young people regardless of their social and economic background.”
He added: “The report is both a challenge and a timely reminder of the ongoing importance of that task.
“As a grammar school head working daily to ensure social mobility is more than just a slogan but a conspicuous reality, I welcome unreservedly the report and its recommendations.”