So what happens if your child is third in their class and only two qualify for GS.
Unfortunately that is not the answer, perhaps more selective schools is what is needed. Due to the lack of places the competition is very high. The system can only become what the people make it. It seems corrupt because, allegedly, tutors may have transgressed and it is parents who support them by sending their kids there.
If they are third they go to another school. Currently there are 120 places so if you are 121st you miss out.
Doubtless, many of those who sit entrance examinations meet the standard and are rejected. And when a large proportion of the successful candidates have the same tutor, with alleged insider information, they have an unfair advantage.
More grammar schools may be the answer but that is not going to happen. The government has continually blocked the opening of grammar schools.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/ed ... areas.html