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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

After the Eleven Plus

We have `A’ level and International Baccalaureate pupils who work with us and act as role models. One of our very bright academics moved from one grammar school to another because he wanted to earn a place at Oxford. His old school had very few Oxbridge entrants – but the new school had a record thirty one pupils offered places to study at either Oxford or Cambridge.

Examination results are not everything. We hear of bright children from the private sector opting for a place at a grammar school. We know of bright children who grind a place in a grammar school – but may have been much happier at the top end of the local comprehensive. Some children may emerge more contented and academically better off by attending a school where they are not expected to strive for an Oxbridge place.

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