Grammar schools are getting proportionally more money from the government than comprehensives to spend on buildings, including brand new sports halls and laboratories.
40% of the secondary schools which received money from the Condition Improvement Fund over the past three years were grammars, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.
One school got six new classrooms at once and another won funding two years in a row – even though selective schools make up only five per cent of all secondaries in the country.
Heads of comprehensive schools have reacted with fury to the revelations, labelling the fund another example of grammar schools expanding by the back door.
Schools in challenging areas may lose out because only ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ schools, which almost all grammar schools are, can apply to the fund, they said.
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