Grammar schools: Thousands of new places created

There are 11,000 more grammar school pupils in England now than in 2010, BBC analysis of official data shows.

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.

The analysis shows a rise in numbers even before the distribution of a new £50m growth fund, announced in May.

More than 30 existing grammar schools are bidding for some of the first £50m slice of a new £200m government expansion fund.

Schools bidding for the cash will have to show how they intend to admit more disadvantaged pupils.

Using newly-published government data, the BBC has found that grammar schools have been continuing to grow, even before the distribution of those funds. If schools maintain their intake at current rates, the equivalent of eight extra schools will be added by 2021 compared with this year, and 24 more compared with 2010.

We looked at the admission policies of all 163 grammar schools in England for the school year 2018-19.

The number not giving any priority to poorer, pupil premium children has fallen from 90 to 61 since the current school year.

Looking ahead to next year, 93 of England’s 163 grammar schools have a priority policy of some kind.

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