Drummer, As a parent of a child in Year 7 of Burnham Grammar i do not understand how you can say it is more like a Comprehensive!!!.
The Ofsted report itself says that it is not fair to compare Burnham to other Grammar Schools because it's intake is so much broader in ability than a 'normal' Grammar - 30% of it's are well below the usual Grammar school minimum ability - that makes it's intake much more akin to that of a comprehensive school (ie a secondary school in a non-selective area)
Burnham may not be the 'best' on the National register of Grammars, indeed you say it is near the bottom
It is 5th from the bottom of all the Grammar schools in the country (a lot) and a lot of Comprehensive schools in no-selective areas outperform Burnham.
It's students acheive well below the student's in other Bucks Grammar schools. Aren't the children in the Burnham catchment area who have passed the 11+ entitled to as good a Grammar school as those living in High Wycombe or Amersham say?
BUT if its your local catchment school its results over the past few years have been consistant at 90 - 95% whilst Burnham Upper is around 25% - quite a difference i believe.
Burnham Upper is not a comprehensive school - it is what used to be called a 'secondary modern'.
maybe Burnham have kids who 'got lucky' on the day of the exam to obtain their place and people like my son got through on appeal
Of course some kids get lucky and some high ability crumble on test day and have to appeal but the proportion of these should be roughly the same in all schools.
Again, the school says that for many reasons it still gets a huge number of last ditch appeal students from all over the county and elsewhere.
And again. I don't think it is fair that our local Grammar for which our kids have to study just as hard to get into as RGS etc, is so poor compared to all the other Grammar schools.