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    There been a lot of discussions on grammar schools on TSR lately. I was surprised that they were considered elitist because they took the top 25-30% of students in a locailty.

    I think to make separate education systems really worthwhile, there needs to be separate education for the really bright, say the top 1-5% of students in a locality. I think these top students could really do with specialist education to get the most out of them without having to slow down for students that are slower.

    You can also have ordinary grammars for the next 6-30% then secondary moderns for the next 70%.

    Grammar schools are the closest thing we have to a meritocracy, it isn't a perfect system by any means but is something that should be encouraged until we can find something better

    Getting the top ~1% of students from an area into one school would only be possible in the biggest cities. ~1% of 11-16 year olds where I live would result in class sizes of about 6 or >2 hour commutes.
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