Top grammar schools illegally treated its students as collateral damage to keep

Judicial review proceedings against the governing body of St Olave’s were initiated, with the claimants arguing that the decision was a form of unlawful exclusion.The high-achieving school later reversed its decision before a hearing took place and the legal action was dropped. Paul Wright, who took over as chair of governors at St Olave’s after the scandal broke, said the governing body fully accepted the findings and recommendations of the report.“We offer our gratitude to parents, students and staff, for their support, input and patience during this time, without which, we would not have been able to take the many positive steps forward that we have already been able to make,” he said.Bromley council also accepted the recommendations of the report.  One of the country’s leading grammar schools illegally treated its students as “collateral damage” to keep exam results high, a report has found.St Olave’s, a selective boys school in Orpington, south-east London, faced legal action from parents last summer over claims that pupils who were unlikely to get top grades at A-level were being forced out. An independent inquiry into the school, commissioned by Bromley council, found that there was “no justification” for St Olave’s to have withdrawn places from sixth form pupils.It went on to say that: “A school has the responsibility to do its best by all of the pupils”.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The report concluded that St Olave’s was “putting the institution above the pupils when in fact the institution is the pupils. Parents of the pupils affected were right to say their children were being treated as collateral damage.”The report, led by Christine Whatford CBE, said that  Bromley council and the Diocese of Rochester should apologise to the parents affected, and that the school should axe its policy of restricting access to the upper sixth form. Parents of the pupils affected were right to say their children were being treated as collateral damageReport into St Olave’s commissioned by Bromley Council St Olave’s was at the centre of a row last summer after parents launched legal action over a decision to withdraw places from two sixth-formers who had failed to achieve Bs. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.