Grammar schools admit thousands fail 11 plus showing ‘unfair’ system

Grammar schools in Kent have admitted more than 1,500 children did not pass the 11 plus.

The figures were collected by a campaign group who are opposed to selection.

The data shows that last year, Kent’s selective schools admitted the highest number of children who had failed the test out of all 164 remaining grammars in the country.

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Joanne Bartley, Campaign Support Officer for Comprehensive Future said: “I think the figures we obtained for Kent grammar school admissions showed there’s a secret world of parents claiming advantages for their child, and schools turning a blind eye to academic standards whenever it suits them”.

Comprehensive Future wants to end the annual torment of primary school kids in the Kent Test and ensure all secondary schools are open to all local pupils and offer an ambitious academic focus for everyone.

Joanne continued: “The whole idea that grammar schools offer a specialist academic education to the brightest pupils is a myth perpetuated by a politically motivated and out of date council, who believe selective education wins them votes”.

The group believes that every member of a community should have a fair and equal choice of good local schools.  They also campaign to try and make sure that no state school should deny entry to a child because they did not score highly in a test, and all local schools should have transparent and fair admissions.

Joanne claims the statistics show that the grammar school system is unfair.  She said: “The fact some grammar schools are taking two or three classes full of pupils who did not pass the 11-plus, is evidence of the huge degree of unfairness, many equally qualified local pupils are being turned away from grammar schools and barred from applying with a ‘fail’ in the test. Yet because the schools are paid by the pupil they fill up their places with appeals because they want the cash”.

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Comprehensive Future wants to end the annual torment of primary school kids in the Kent Test and ensure all secondary schools are open to all local pupils and offer an ambitious academic focus for everyone.

The Comprehensive Future has plans to help improve the education system.  Joanne said: “We think this research shows that the whole process of entry to grammar school is flawed, secretive, and not really about academic standards at all”.

 

“We don’t believe a short test at ten is a good way to judge anyone’s potential, and it seems grammar schools know the test results are pretty meaningless too. If grammar schools are admitting so many pupils without a test pass then we wish they’d just be friendly, welcoming places and admit all the great local kids in their communities”.

The Canterbury Hub have approached Kent County Council for a comment.