Sir Edward Leigh has called on the Education Secretary to end the funding imbalance between comprehensives and grammar schools.
“If we are going to win the global race for excellence, we need top-flight scientists and mathematicians, and a disproportionate number of them are provided by our remaining 160 grammar schools,” the Gainsborough MP told Education Minister Nicky Morgan in the Commons last week.
“Yet, under this Government funding for grammar schools has been cut, meaning that the top-performing grammar school in Lincolnshire gets £4,000 per pupil per year and the worst-performing comprehensive gets £7,000 per head per year.
“We must do more to help our excellent schools provide the top-class mathematicians of the future,” he added.
Caistor Grammar School was the top-performer the MP was referring to. Founded in 1630, with 650 pupils and rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.