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PHILOSOPHER AC Grayling was impressed by Portsmouth Grammar School students he said were the right calibre for his private university that will open in September.

The founder of the New College of the Humanities, which will charge annual fees of £18,000, spent the day with boys and girls at the independent school where he gave a talk on the future of higher education.

He shared a platform with Prof Debra Humphris, pro-vice chancellor for education at the University of Southampton and Prof Jeff Thompson, professor emeritus of education at the University of Bath. All three spoke in favour of a broad education and the International Baccalaureate equivalent to the A-level, which PGS offers.

Prof Grayling said: ‘I’ve really enjoyed myself – the students asked really interesting questions, they are very much the right calibre of students.’