[i]Q1: How many pupils sat the 11+ AND didn't pass AND had an upper school listed as first preference anyway?
Ans: At the end of August, this figure was 1241.
Interesting stuff, Dad40. I find that particular figure extraordinary! Undoubtedly it is correct, but one has to wonder exactly why so many children took a pointless test.
Assuming that they were all Bucks residents, as they had listed an Upper School, the bigger picture is then:
Total Bucks resident cohort: 6227
Number opting out of testing: 1015 (16.3%)
Number tested who put an U/S as 1st pref: 1241 (19.9%)
Remaining pupils: 3971
Those achieving qualifying mark: 1481 (37.3%)
So one could argue that the "underlying pass rate" for the 11+ in Bucks is actually 37%.
That takes us back to the discussion we had about "why the pass rate is so much higher for Out-of County schools", at around the 35 - 40% mark. Now wekno what we were only guessing at before, which is that there is no difference
- the only difference is that they are opting in, whilst Bucks kids are not being opted out.