A secondary school is forcing pupils to wear different coloured uniforms based   on their ability in the classroom.

Children from aged 11 are being segregated, taught in colour-coordinated   buildings, playing in separate fenced-off areas and eat lunch at different   times.

The move has caused concern that it is stigmatising children who are placed in   lower quality sets.

Pupils are ranked as they leave primary school and placed into one of three   mini schools at Crown Woods College, Greenwich.

The brightest go to Delamere and wear purple ties and purple badges. The rest   go to Ashwood, which wears blue, or Sherwood, which wears red.

The two latter schools are made up of pupils with mixed abilities but are   still streamed into three tiers.

Critics have warned that the move is demoralising for pupils and encourages   resentment and animosity amongst those in different sets.

Michael Murphy, the head teacher at the comprehensive, said: “I felt if we   made explicit the provision for high-ability children we would be able to   attract those children and their parents who would rather not put them in to   a grammar.”

“Mrs Thatcher said you can’t ignore the market, you have to respond to it.”

Kevin Courtney, deputy secretary of the National Union of Teachers has   condemned the practice.

He said: ‘The idea of taking a large school and turning it into three mini   schools is likely to be good for [the school’s] relationships, but streaming   is a step backwards. It leads to competition for children rather than   improvement in teaching.”

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