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“The AQE has never been in the business of forcing anyone to do anything they do not want. If any individual grammar school wants to drop selection, that is up to them.”

Sir Kenneth Bloomfield, Chairman of the Association for Quality Education

Exactly what business is the AQE involved in? The AQE’s recent spending of money, obtained from grammar school entrance tests, on advertisements instead of providing statements and interviews from headmasters and teachers with their local newspapers smacks of misguided influences.

Are schools such as Portora Royal, Strathern and Methodist College ready to abandon academic selection?