Grammar Schools in the United Kingdom

Grammar schools are academically selective state schools – in other words, children have to pass a test to gain entry into the school.

List of Grammar Schools in England

Grammar schools can be found in the following part of England:

  • Bedfordshire
  • Berkshire 
  • Cheshire
  • Cornwall 
  • Cumbria 
  • Derbyshire 
  • Devon 
  • Dorset 
  • East Sussex 
  • East Yorkshire 
  • Essex 
  • Gloucestershire 
  • Greater London 
  • Greater Manchester 
  • Hampshire 
  • Herefordshire 
  • Hertfordshire 
  • Huntingdonshire 
  • Kent 
  • Lancashire 
  • Leicestershire 
  • Lincolnshire 
  • Merseyside 
  • Norfolk 
  • North 
  • Yorkshire 
  • Northamptonshire 
  • Northumberland 
  • Nottinghamshire 
  • Oxfordshire 
  • Rutland 
  • Shropshire 
  • Somerset 
  • South Yorkshire 
  • Staffordshire 
  • Suffolk 
  • Surrey 
  • Tyne and Wear 
  • Warwickshire 
  • West Midlands 
  • West Sussex 
  • West Yorkshire 
  • Wiltshire 

Each county has its own admissions procedure for grammar school entrance, and some schools handle their own admissions.

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Grammar Schools in Ireland

Grammar schools have a long history in the Republic of Ireland – they first appeared during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, who was a real enthusiast for education.

There are eleven grammar schools in Northern Ireland and one in the Republic of Ireland – Dublin’s King’s Hospital – where students sit the same exam as in England. In the Republic of Ireland, grammar schools are under the management of Educate Together

Grammar Schools in Wales

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There is one grammar school in Wales – Llandovery College, which has a co-educational sixth form.

Grammar Schools in Scotland

Grammar schools in Scotland are called ‘state schools’ instead, and there are no entrance exams to attend a state school.

Scotland is the only part of the United Kingdom where children do not sit an exam to get into secondary school. Instead, they apply for a place and their parents must provide the school with evidence of academic ability and other criteria such as financial circumstances or distance from home before a decision is reached.

Grammar School Admissions

Grammar schools select their students according to their academic ability.

The 11 Plus test is designed to assess a child’s ability to perform at a high academic level in the kind of environment that grammar schools offer. After the 11 Plus is completed, children are ranked by the results.

Those who scored highest will be offered a place in the school of their choice. Those who do not score highly enough are not offered a place.l idea of the selection process. However, there are other criteria that the schools use, including distance from the school, sibling policies and other criteria. Many.

Many people have labelled selecting active schools as “bad” in recent years – some claim they promote social inequality. Others argue that they do not provide equal opportunities for children who have learning challenges.

Supporters of grammar schools say that selective schools increase social mobility and that they have a higher rate of parent-pupil satisfaction than other schools.

An 11 Plus test is not compulsory – there is an option to send your child to a non-selective school (a state or comprehensive school).