Mike Buchanan, Chair of HMC and Head of Ashford School, said:
“This innovative plan could herald a new era of cooperation between government and independent schools to offer outstanding education to a new generation of children from lower income homes.
“Offering jointly-funded places in independent schools is a high impact, low risk, idea which will be zero additional cost to the taxpayer.
"Those schools already give free and partly-funded places to thousands of children to try and offer them the best possible start. We want to do more, and hope the government will put pupils before politics and work with us to offer them this life-changing opportunity."