My School was Spalding Grammar School. But who is the chap in the blue suit?
Grammar Schools however have a problem though. During the 1960s the Labour government decided that they didn't produce social mobility. This was partially out of an ideological belief of equality but also because the Secretary of State for Education had a bias of being lower members of upper middle class society. Anthony Crosland as Education Secretary said at the time "If it's the last thing I do, I'm going to destroy every f*#@ing grammar school in England. And Wales and Northern Ireland." Since then there has been a stigma against Grammar Schools, by those who have believed the Labour lie, were actually elitist places for those who just missed out on Harrow.
Areas in red kept Grammar Schools after the 1960s, a good idea.
So what is to be done? Well I think there is promise in the governments education programme. With academies and free schools there is an ability to select and differentiate between the teaching of pupils according to their ability. In this country we select on the basis of religion as well as musical, artistic and sporting ability. Scholarly ability is the next step but it should not be called Grammar Schools because the brand is a bit to damaged for implementation of them.