For many, the introduction of grammar schools signaled a step forward for meritocracy and social mobility, with the aim of getting the best out of bright pupils from all backgrounds. Critics however have argued that grammar schools can be socially divisive. A recent IFS report shows that just 2.7% of entrants to grammar schools are entitled to free school meals. In comparison, around 16% of pupils are eligible for free school meals in state secondary schools in England. 

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