Increasing numbers of students are deserting private schools in favour of comprehensives when opting for Sixth Form courses
, the Guardian reports this morning. Meanwhile, quite a few private schools are looking to be bailed out by the taxpayer and get funding as "free schools
". At the moment, six private schools are seeking state funding, but clearly a great many more are watching: if these six get state funding, an avalanche is sure to follow. This will be very unfair because it will definitely increase social segregation: no doubt siblings will get preferential status in these schools' admissions criteria, thus meaning that these private schools, in their incarnation as "free schools", will continue to admit wealthy students.
Isn't it time that the government started supporting local schools that have proven they can educate ALL students to a high level, and not just a pampered elite?