50% of children with 11-plus fail to get grammar school


Half of children who passed 11-plus exam are turned away from grammar schools because there are no places for them, according to new figures by the Grammar Schools Association.

The statistics show that 50 percent of youngsters who passed grammar school entrance exams were rejected because there were not enough places for them.

Of the 29,500 children who took the 11-plus, 13,800 passed, but 6,100 of those youngsters were not offered places. They failed because they did not meet entry criteria as closely as children, for example, who had siblings at the school or lived further away

The survey revealed 30,000 children competed for places at the 56 grammars - out of 164 nationally - that responded to the study.

If a similar number of eligible pupils were ejected from the other 108 grammars, it would mean nearly 20 more establishments would be needed to meet the demand for places.

The figures do not include children who have narrowly missed a place at 'superselective' schools, which only take the top performers and do not have a pass mark

Bob McCartney, the chairman of the Grammar Schools Association, told the Sunday Telegraph: "These statistics demonstrate the great demand for grammar schools.

"The Government continues to blatantly ignore parental choice. Its approach is based on political motivation and not the pursuit of education excellence."

An extra £600 million to build 100 more free schools will be announced in this week's autumn statement.

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