It's all so sad. Some pupils in boys and girls grammar schools got their because they "bright". Many got there because their parents are wealthy enough to afford tutors leading up to the 11 plus and then rich enough to keep up this support. Poorer pupils are disadvantaged as they then have no choice but to be dumped in concentrated form in schools like where I work, along with all the others who couldn't afford to fund tutors when they were 9 and 10. I have no problem with private education - if parents want to fund that then fine, go ahead. But to have us all fund schools for the children of families who could afford tutors to get them through the 11 plus is just wrong, and then to think their taxes are paying for this is adding insult to injury. All children deserve an equal start in life. The girls grammar school down the road from my school soaks like a sponge the talent from the local area (and beyond as the catchment area stretches quite far). It leaves us with a reputation that's hard to shake off, that means we lack a proportion of parents from better-off professional families, who may be able to contribute in all kinds of ways to our school that unemployed parents can't, and leaves pupils feeling failures from aged 11. Our school looks and feels like it belongs in a third world slum and the grammar schools in the town are directly responsible for this. The arrogant Heads of the grammar schools sending off their "outstanding" Maths teachers to schools like mine to sort them out beggers belief! Perhaps we need to bow lower as they walk through the door.