The true advantage of 11+ exam is that the exam is open to every class and hopefully the intake is more evenly spread.
I think it’s sometimes forgotten here that some families cannot consider a Grammar place because of the cost of travel to school. I’m intensely proud that KES makes it possible for some to attend for, truly, nothing – no fees, no transport costs, no uniform cost and free meals. You can also buy a place at KES for a boy who, whilst perfectly able, would not usually have gained a place in a KEGS – be very careful not to slip into stereotyping; if a boy’s a genius it’s not actually his fault if his parents happen to earn a lot, anymore than it’d be his fault if his family can’t afford a travel pass to get him there.
I’m seriously happy with both sides of this, slightly, greater diversity. In other respects I’m guessing you’d meet similar boys at KES as at other selective schools – not necessarily in the same proportions. It would be interesting to hear what other schools are like in this respect.
This year’s admission at KES would have around 25% AP, historically around 5% paying no fees but perhaps more this year?
At KES you will meet boys whose parents might...
Pay full fees and find that a little bit difficult and like to whinge about it.
Pay full fees and hardly ever give it a second thought
Pay full fees and really struggle to keep this up.
Have an AP, pay no fees, pay nothing for transport , uniform or meals.
Have an AP and, even then, like to whinge about it occasionally (just me?)
Have an AP and pay either no fees or tens of pounds a year.