This may be of interest to other statistical anoraks like me
I have unearthed the following stat from Bucks CC via a FOI request. It was prompted by an interesting conversation on this forum:
As at 2 March 2009, for transfer to secondary schools in September 2009, there were 846 qualified (tests or appeal) non-Bucks residents. Of these, 369 had a Bucks grammar school listed as their 1st preference (less than 44%).
That's a much lower proportion than I would have expected. It begs the question of whether the OoCs [out of county applicants] are really being ruthlessly shut out of Bucks grammar schools as other figures seemed to imply, or whether the OoCs are actually choosing to go to higher preference schools elsewhere despite putting their children through the Bucks 11+ process.
It will be interesting to see how these numbers change if Herts (and others?) change their CAF so that OoCs may list more than one Bucks grammar school in their preferences.