Sir, How would Andrew Hilton ( Letters, February 20) describe Lord Fink, Howard Davies and Nicholas Hytner if not “grammar school boys”? He may be technically correct in describing a school that was a member of the Headmasters’ Conference as a public school, but that is not the common and accepted meaning of the term in England. Manchester Grammar is now, indeed, a public school (ie fee-paying and independent) but was, until 1976, a grammar school in the accepted sense — a state school based on selective entrance. That it was successful in that form, with many successful alumni, does not alter that fact.

Arsenal and Crewe Alexandra may be a world apart in footballing terms, but they are both football clubs — and both have produced some great players!

George Cummins

Matlock, Derbs, UK

Former pupil, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Blackburn

This article was amended on 26 February to correct the spelling of Crewe Alexandra Football Club

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