The Grammar Schools have a long history of producing dynamic British contributors. For people who do not "make it" through the 11-plus there have always been safety nets – Ruskin College for instance. People who wish to make the effort to send their children to Public Schools should be allowed to do so – it is their personal choice and right. Many P.S's also have a long history of Bursaries and Scholarships which should be preserved.
I have never believed that a Secondary Modern is the "dead end" that Labour would have us believe it is!!