Sorry John Smith but I disagree...the situation in Birmingham is quite desperate for a great many parents, as their local comprehensive schools are challenged for many reasons and are not hugely appealing.
Parents go to great lengths and expense to ensure their child is thoroughly tutored and prepared for these exams - to have a place in a school where they will be happy, fit in, and achieve.
Because of this, if you had a bright child, who would benefit from a Grammar school, and was in an ordinary state Primary having done no practice, additional work or had any tuition at all, you can pretty much bet they would NOT get in. The chances of that happening are tiny and the child would have to be a genius.Their place would go to the ones who did do the work and/or had tuition, mock tests, etc.
Yes, it isn't ideal, it would be great if no-one had any tuition, went to identically good Primaries, had the same amount of books at home, and the field was even, but it is the game everyone is playing here.
You either play it or you don't and I don't blame the questioner for asking the question. We don't have past papers or much info and can only go on past childrens' accounts. But many parents and most tutors in Birmingham and nearby, have access to these accounts. Why shouldn't the poster too?
PS My son had tuition, worked hard on practice and is absolutely loving his time at Camp Hill! All his friends either went to expensive Independent schools, who prepped them, or had tuition.
Nothing, thankfully, has hit him like a ton of bricks (except his younger brother, perhaps
)and he enjoys the challenge and academic atmosphere.