Four in five top-performing comprehensive schools are 'socially selective'

On national secondary school offer day, the Sutton Trust social mobility charity urges schools to change admissions procedures to ensure they take in more disadvantaged pupils.

 

New research published today highlights barriers to attending top-performing comprehensives, revealing that they take fewer disadvantaged pupils than average and that houses in their catchment areas cost an average of £45,700 extra.

 

The non-selective schools where pupils are most likely to get five good GCSEs take just 9.4 per cent of pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM), just over half the rate of the average comprehensive (17.2 per cent), according to the study from the Sutton Trust social mobility charity. 

 

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