What is certainly true is that demand for Grammar schools is higher than ever in areas of England where they are still prevalent (there are 163 Grammar Schools in England, compared to around 3000 state secondary schools). That’s according to a BBC Grammar School survey.
“Right across the country grammar schools are oversubscribed,” Philip Bosworth, Treasurer of The National Grammar Schools Association, recently told The Telegraph. “Parents are exercising their choice for their children to sit the 11-plus.”
Most grammar school places for 20 years
The BBC’s analysis shows that while there 110,600 grammar school pupils, aged 11 to 15, in 2010 the number increased to 118,200 by 2017 (the figures do not include burgeoning sixth-form numbers). This rise in the total roll of 7,600 students is equivalent to building 11 averaged-sized grammar schools.
And by 2021, the data suggests, the number of extra places created will be equivalent to 24 new grammar schools compared to eight years ago, including sixth form students.