- Altrincham Grammar School for Boys’ 11 plus exam – Oct 2023.
- Loreto Grammar School 11 plus exam on Oct 2023.
- St Ambrose College 11 plus exam on Oct 2023.
- Trafford CEM Consortium 11 plus exam on Oct 2023.
However, in more recent days, Grammar schools are seen as selective academically-oriented secondary schools in England. They also now teach a wide variety of subjects.
Interestingly, these schools were one part of the state-funded education system from around 1944 to the late 1960’s. The other part of this stated funded system was state schools. However, after this era, many of these schools became independent, charging fees. Subsequently, other former grammar schools were abolished or became state-funded comprehensive schools.
Some of these Grammar schools that retained their selective intake recently gained Academy status. Therefore making them independent from the Local Education Authority.
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Grammar schools today
Only 163 of these Grammar schools still remain in England today. There are however no remaining Grammar schools in North East England or Wales and 69 Grammar schools in Northern Ireland. Currently, Grammar schools are only found in 37 local English authorities, of which 7 are in the Greater London area. Consequently, more than half of these Grammar schools are therefore seen as selective, with only 1 out of 5 local children get selected on ability.
In 1998 the government at the time also put a ban on any new all-selective grammar schools being formed. They did, however, make provision for future local ballots on the existence of grammar schools. This has, therefore, become a contentious subject within government and social circles. In 2016 the Prime Minister lifted the ban on Grammar schools. Consequently, in May 2018 it was announced that Grammar schools will create thousands of new places. It will certainly be interesting to see how the selectivity of these schools will be influenced.
Most noteworthy is that you don’t necessarily have to live within a certain catchment area to gain access to a Grammar school. Some schools recruit outside of their local authority and some also offer boarding facilities. However, most Grammar schools these days give preference to children with an easily commutable distance of the school. Therefore, for some of these schools, the commuting distance can be the tiebreaker.
It would be easiest to list the remaining Grammar schools according to the different regions in England. Below are further subdivisions of these regions. Various types of subdivisions exist. These also include boroughs, for London as well as metropolitan counties, shire counties and unitary authorities.
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North West England’s Grammar School Regions
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- Altrincham Grammar School for Boys’ 11 plus exam – 10th Oct 2020.
- Loreto Grammar School 11 plus exam on 16th Oct.
- St Ambrose College 11 plus exam on 16th Oct.
- Trafford CEM Consortium 11 plus exam on 19th Oct
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