Grammar schools are more academic, and pupils are selected by means of examination called the 11+.
There are no state grammar schools in Wales and Scotland.
There were over 1200 grammar schools maintained by local authorities before 1960s, but most were closed or converted to comprehensive schools, or independent schools in 60s-70s.
There are around 163 state funded grammar schools in England. However, there are no remaining state grammar schools in North East England.
Not all Counties has state grammar schools e.g. Surrey.
Please beware not all selective grammar schools have ‘grammar’ in their name.
Many schools with grammar in their name are actually independent schools (e.g. Royal Grammar School, Guildford - £6345 per term)
文法學校更具學術性，通過考試選擇學生(入學試稱為11+ ) 類似香港Band 1 學校。
並非每個地區都設有文法公立學校, 例如: Surrey 蕯里郡。
許多以文法(Grammar) 命名的學校實際上是私立學校 (例如，Royal Grammar School, Guildford - £6345 每學期)。
Finding a state grammar school ~如何搵文法中學
Grammar areas are shown filled in red
Ranking of grammar schools can be found in this link below:
Most Grammars are in:
東南英格蘭 (South East England): Kent, Medway, Buckinghamshire, Reading, Slough etc.
倫敦地區 (Greater London): Sutton, Bexley, Barnet etc.
東米德蘭 (East Midlands): Lincolnshire etc
西米德蘭 (West Midlands): Birmingham, Warwickshire, etc.
Some grammar schools select purely by the highest score, however some select by proximity to the school.
Most grammar schools are very competitive, this means passing the 11+ exam does not always guarantee you a place at a grammar school.
Check out some history and controversial about Grammar schools:
Each individual grammar has their own admission policy.
例如 For example: Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend.
If the number of eligible students who apply is higher than the number of places available, places will be allocated in the following priority order:
A looked after child (in the care of a local authority)
A brother or sister attending the school at the time of entry to the school
Priority will be given to students in receipt of Free School Meals.
Places will also be allocated in the order
(a) Highest score in the Kent PESE tests
(b) Proximity of the child’s home to school
(a) Kent PESE 測試中的最高分數
It is best to live closer to your preferred school.
This entrance exam generally taken at the beginning Year 6 September.
Usually include some or all of maths, English, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning.
The exact entry requirements and competition for places vary and they can change year on year. Please check with the school to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.
There are two main exam boards for 11+ Exams:
GL Assessment: Bershire, Bexley, Birmingham, Buckinghamshire, Devon, Gloucestershire, Kent, Shropshire, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wirral, Wolverhampton.
Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM): Cumbria, Dorset, Lancashire, Medway, Northern Ireland and Wiltshire.
(Devon, Essex, Hertfordshire, Trafford and Yorkshire use a mixture of both.)
GL: Bershire, Bexley, Birmingham, Buckinghamshire, Devon, Gloucestershire, Kent, Shropshire, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wirral, Wolverhampton.
CEM: Cumbria, Dorset, Lancashire, Medway, Northern Ireland and Wiltshire.
( Devon, Essex, Hertfordshire, Trafford and Yorkshire 都會將兩者混合使用。）
10 grammar schools in Essex have their own 11-Plus exam
Practice papers 補充練習:
Many schools set their own practice papers and often publish them on their website.
You can also buy practice books at local bookshops.
Read more about 11+ exam on:
When to apply for the 11+ exam?
The admission and 11+ entrance examination dates depends on each individual school.
Most registration deadlines for an entrance test (11+ exam) is in June/July.
The exam take place in Year 6 early autumn term, so parent(s) will know whether their child has done well enough to qualify for a place before they put in their secondary school application form.
Grammar Schools Application Timetable 申請文法學校的時間表
Example for Sept 2022 entry
Any application for a place in any year group (7-11) outside the normal admission round will need to follow your Local Authority’s In-Year Process. (Please read our Application Process for state schools)
Occasionally, individual child may be admitted to grammar school at other times, provided a vacancy exists. Students looking to secure places must be successful in the School’s Entrance Examinations.
A small number of schools also have an intake into Year 8 or Year 9 and test for entry equivalent 12+ or 13+. Many re-open for 16+.
所有插班生(Year 7-11) 都要跟當地政府的入讀程序入學。(請閱讀我們的公立學校申請程序)
少數學校也有 Year 8 或 Year 9 入學試 (12+或13+)。許多學校16+重新收生。
Sixth Form (Year 12, Age 16+) Admission
You must apply directly to the grammar school and each school have different admission policy. Please check for more details.
There will be a small number of places for external students. Entry to the Sixth Form is dependent on achieving at least six GCSEs at grades 9-5 (A*-C) including English and Mathematics.
Minimum qualifying grades for subjects should also be met.
中六插班生名額較少。升入中六取決於有至少6 科達到9-5級（A * -C）的GCSEs，包括英語和數學。
P.S. ~ 附言
Do not fear if your child cannot get a place in Grammar school. There are also many good comprehensive schools.
I personally attended a comprehensive school and I have obtained a Master’s degree at one of the Russell Group’s Universities. It depends on the child’s ability and the parenting style.
“State school pupils have won nearly 70% of Oxford University’s undergraduate places”
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