The Eleven Plus Exams Parent Survey, launched 30th March 2005, has begun to reveal the profile of the ‘typical’ 11plus parent, having canvassed over just over 1,000 parents who voluntarily completed the questionnaire from the link on the home page of this website (also at the foot of this box).
The early indications are:
The typical eleven plus parent is likely to apply for both grammar and independent schools, but unlikely to apply to independent schools only. The factors our 11plus parent would consider most highly are national school performance league tables and proximity of the school to their residence when selecting their schools.
Our typical parent is in favour of having a national standardised eleven plus exam across the UK i.e. the same subjects, exam dates etc; furthermore he/she does not think that the grammar school system should be abolished, hardly a surprise given either they or their spouse attended a grammar school. They prefer to apply to schools within the catchment area.
The 11plus parent begins preparing for the exams between 9 months and a year in advance of the first exam, engages a tutor at between £20-30 an hour, and believes that this will significantly enhance their chances of success, spending under £500 for the preparation (presumably excluding the costs of the tutor, though 8% would spend greater than £5,000).
The 11plus parent is unlikely to send their child to an intensive one week eleven plus preparation course, and thinks that the children from a preparatory school have an enormous advantage over those from a state system when attempting the eleven plus exam.
The 11plus parent who has failed to get the older sibling into grammar school is very unlikely to try with subsequent children.
The typical parent feels that the chances of their offspring getting into a grammar school is greater than 60%, and oddly only greater than 50% if applying to a senior independent school.
He/she would vote Conservative at the next election if the only issue was education, believing that they have the most credible education policy.
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These are the conclusions at the end of the second week.
We will keep you updated as our the profile evolves.