Scores of grammar school places empty
New figures may cause ‘outrage’ with parents
THERE are almost 100 empty year seven grammar school places, according to figures released by a pressure group.
The figures from Bucks County Council have been released for the first time by local campaign group Local Equal Excellent.
The campaign group aims to highlight what it feels is a gap in educational attainment and fairness in the grammar school system.
It has already campaigned against the new 11-plus test, which was introduced for the last intake who took the exam.
The figures show the number of empty places in year seven at Bucks grammar schools, including Chesham Grammar.
Head teacher Philip Wayne, also chairman of the Buckinghamshire Grammar School, said it was not unusual to have some places left and it provided another chance for local pupils to get a place.
The places ‘empty’ are:
Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School – 29
John Hampden Grammar School – 22
Chesham Grammar School – 19
Burnham Grammar School – 11
The grammar schools are serving their
local communities less
Aylesbury High School – nine
Sir William Borlase Grammar School – one
In 2014, nearly 300 more Bucks children than in 2013 were told they had not qualified for a grammar place.
The group argues if the 2013 qualification rate for Bucks children had been maintained, 89 more Bucks children should have qualified than actually did – almost the number of places left empty.
The campaigners argue the reason for the gap is due to the high number of out of county pupils sitting and passing the exam but choosing not to take up places.
Rebecca Hickman of campaign group Local Equal Excellent said: “Unfortunately, these new figures are likely to cause outrage for the many local parents whose children were denied a grammar school place in 2014.
“The grammar schools are serving their local communities less and less.
“Yet it is difficult to find a local politician who is prepared to stand up for the many children who are losing out.”
Mr Wayne said: “The process to fill these places with late transfers from local children, who take priority, is being undertaken by the individual schools, whose responsibility it is to operate the testing and appeals process.
“This is a second opportunity for local children to gain the required qualification for a grammar school place if they wish to do so.”