£10,000-a-year grammar to launch inner-city free school

The £10,000-a-year Manchester grammar school for boys (MGS) hopes to open the New Islington free school, a mixed primary, on derelict land in the Ancoats area of the city by September 2014. Christopher Ray, the high master of MGS and one of those who were present at the meeting with Cameron, said:

“This is an extension of what we already do. We are determined to ensure that boys and girls, from whatever financial and social background, receive a fantastic education.”

However, the head teachers of a growing number of leading private schools believe the government is trying to pressure them into sponsoring academies. John Claughton, chief master of King Edward’s school, Birmingham, said more credit should be given to existing bursary schemes.

By Kate Loveys and Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times. Click here to read the article © The Sunday Times