There has to be a "historical" aspect to this because for the vast majority of the country grammar schools were got rid of in the 1970s! Let us just consider that too for a moment. It is well documented that the era of the grammar schools of the 50s and 60s saw a close of the social divide. In whose interest therefore was the removal of the grammar school then? Certainly not that of bright working class children. I mention people like myself from that strata of society because the majority of girls I went to school with came from that. We were not wealthy, independently educated at prep or independent schools girls but girls from working families, from council estates and from all areas of Blackpool. There was no class division at the grammar school because class didn't come into it. There was just the simple expectation that we would work hard and get our exams and aspire to higher education. It wasn't "banged out" to us morning, noon and night because it was just that - an almost unspoken expectation. There was no ceiling, there was no standing back to promote boys, there was equal opportunity for all in that school. Plus the 6th form was certainly open to girls from the other Blackpool schools as 2 of my lifelong friends moved to us from one of the good secondary moderns. Again there were some good secondary moderns - not all of them "failed" their pupils, though I do agree that they were underfunded etc but that does not mean the grammar schools failed/let them down etc.