A High Wycombe head teacher has called for the government to treat all pupils equally after it was announced grammar schools across the country will receive £50 million of additional funding.

David Hood, who takes the helm at Cressex Community School, said there is room “for all kinds of schools” in the education system, however believes every student should get “a fair crack of the whip”.

Last week it was revealed grammar schools across England will be given a huge cash boost to allow them to expand and provide more places, in a move which proved controversial among comprehensives struggling to make ends meet.

At the beginning of the year Bucks head teachers, including Mr Hood, sent a bill to Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, for more than £141 million to cover the shortfall of education funding in the county.

Speaking to the Free Press, Mr Hood said: “There is more money needed in the schools system. We are told by government there is more money in education than ever before, which may be true, but there are also more pupils than ever before, so the money has actually gone down.

“So any money that is coming out should be made available to all pupils, not just one particular group.

“There’s room for all sorts of schools in the system – we have a varied system and every school should want the very best for its pupils.

“We are very proud of what we do here at Cressex – we are just asking for a fair crack of the whip.

“I would say it’s good [the secretary of state] found the money – it’s not painful at all – but why not take the view that every child matters so why can’t they have access to it too.”

Cabinet member for education at Bucks County Council, Mike Appleyard, said the council is waiting for more details from government to find out if Bucks schools will be eligible for the funding.

However at a meeting of the social care and learning select committee this morning (May 15), Cllr Appleyard said the county’s grammar school’s are playing a “very large part” in the council's Side by Side programme which aims to improve education in schools across the county.

He said: “It is important to understand that grammar schools are not just providing some good results, they are putting a significant amount of effort into ensuring that the results and outcomes for all children in the county are going to improve over the next few years.”