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IT IS highly unlikely that a grammar school will open in Portsmouth, the council has said.

It comes after it was announced yesterday that a new grammar school is due to open in Sevenoaks in Kent.

Labour passed laws in 1998 banning the creation of new grammars – which are selective state schools –but existing schools are allowed to expand if there is sufficient demand.

Councillor Neill Young, who is in charge of children and education at Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘We need to ensure that we are educating every child. Grammar schools were effective in their day but now we have moved on.

‘There has been a lot of work that has gone on to support schools to be able to support children at all different levels.

‘We have got to make sure we have got provision for every child.

It encourages them to fulfil their potential.

‘We already recognise that we are going to be put under huge pressure on our secondary sites so I can’t see it happening.’