This is a welcome development. As the local MP Frank Field says, this:
A third independent school in England is to join the state sector as an academy, it has been announced.
The Girls' Day School Trust said Birkenhead High School in Wirral was to make the change after consultation.
It said Birkenhead would stay a girls' school, but "open up opportunities for more girls across a wide social band".
"blurs the sharp division between private and public education in this country which has worked to the detriment of so many children."We owe the sharpness of this division to the Labour Party, which devoted much of its energy to abolishing the direct grant schools in the 1970s.
I suppose the idea was a quasi-Marxist one of making class divisions blatant so that the proletariat would rise to overthrow its oppressors. If so, it has not worked very well so far. We just have fewer good schools open to families who cannot afford to pay fees.