Demand for grammars ‘50% more than places available’

According to TES, demand for grammar school places outstrips the numbers available, a study has suggested.

The study looked at the first preferences listed by parents for secondary school places in England last year (2019). It found that grammar schools were given as a first choice 37,786 times. But there were only 25,827 places offered – a gap of 11,959 places.

The report says: “Using the relationship between the number of first preferences and the number of places offered for a school as a measure of demand, for grammar schools there is an excess in demand of 11,959 places.

There are 163 grammar schools in England, with many concentrated in certain areas of the country, such as Kent and Buckinghamshire.

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