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A sink school is a school that is noted for its underachievement.[1]


The reported causes for the emergence of sink schools vary. It includes admission codes wherein some schools get a privileged access to the most gifted potential students,[2] funding inadequacies,[3] or unsuitable curriculum.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "As a headteacher, I fear the return of grammars will bring back sink schools too". New Statesman. 2017-03-08. Retrieved 2022-03-20.
  2. ^ "New admissions code will create 'sink schools'". 23 October 2011.
  3. ^ Potts, Patricia (1995). Equality and Diversity in Education. p. 27.
  4. ^ Smith, Emma (2012). Key Issues in Education and Social Justice. p. 41.