Selection is happening. Through house prices, through hidden costs, through aptitude tests and social capital. To buy a home in the postal district of the high performing Beaconsfield High School in Buckinghamshire, it will cost you 171% (£629,021) more than the average house in neighbouring areas.

It is high time that children from more deprived families were given the same educational opportunities as those from the wealthiest in society, and a well-designed selective system could do this.

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