The idea that grammar schools are only for children of rich people is without foundation.

I was living in the north of England and my dad was a grocer on a low wage when I sat the 11-plus and I somehow got into grammar school.

So did many of my peers as rich people were few and far between in the north-east.

Among my pals there were those who went on to become a doctor, a teacher and a solicitor.

Whether a pupil passes the 11-plus for grammar school depends on their brain, not the status of their family. — RAY PEARSON, Burgage Close, Southwell.