Regarding recent feature on school league tables: To say that grammar schools are failing in comparison to the non-selective secondary schools is blatantly untrue.
Most of the schools that feature highest in your A-level table don't actually do real A-levels. Instead they do "equivalent" courses, mainly in subjects like drama and childcare, that do not have exams.
To compare those schools with schools that only do real, examined A-level courses in subjects like maths, physics or chemistry is unfair. Of course the non-examined courses will have a higher pass rate.
The GCSE tables tell the real story, now that they have to include passes in maths and english.