Just thought you might like the facts on this debate.
In 2007 3744 boys were registered to take the 11+. Of those 1172 qualified, i.e. 31%
For girls the numbers were 3475 registered to take the test and 983 qualified, i.e. 28%.
The figures for Bucks resident children at state schools only
is 24% for both boys and girls.
Guest's supposition is therefore partly correct - more boys than girls succeed in the 11+ from either private schools or
out of county schools. The imbalance is highest among out of county applicants, but there is no way of telling whether these are privately educated or from state schools.
there are presumably at least as many grammar school places available for boys as there are for girls.
There are 542 places at Boys grammar schools, 660 places at Girls grammars and 918 places at co-educatonal schools.