Hundreds of extra grammar school places will be needed in Kent by the end of the decade with the cost likely to “fall on the taxpayer”, it’s been warned.

Education chiefs say demand is fast accelerating and there could be a case for having “stand- alone” selective schools to cope.

The increased demand for grammar places is particularly acute in the north part of the county where over the ten years a deficit of more than 1,000 classroom places in selective schools will have to be addressed.

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