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Reader Letter: Politicians’ destruction of grammar school is a tragedy

PUBLISHED: 15:40 12 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:40 12 September 2017

Paston Sixth Form College, North Walsham.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Paston Sixth Form College, North Walsham. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2013

Norman Lamb might have described the planned merger of Paston Sixth Form College with City College Norwich as a “crying shame” but the real tragedy was the wilful destruction by politicians of Paston Grammar School at the start of the 1980s.

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This institution founded in 1606 was, to use Mr Lamb’s description, “brilliant” at creating opportunities for those in a low-wage economy to achieve social mobility and in response to the usual protests about those who were not fortunate enough to pass the 11 plus I would give the example of a pupil at North Walsham Secondary Modern who went on to gain a first class engineering degree at Imperial via A Levels taken at Norwich City College (as it was called back then).

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