..... schools seem to be not welcoming anyone residing that far.
The other side of the coin is that to be more 'welcoming' to children living far away would mean being less so to other children ......
Admission authorities are free to set any lawful admission rules, and unfortunately there will be 'winners' and 'losers' under any system.
Surprising that none of the schools in Bucks (inspite of having 13) take people on Merit and Slough consortium, Tiffin, Sutton etc. take purely on Merit.
Bucks grammars do of course admit on merit - children are required to score at least 121.
If a school is undersubscribed, any
child who is qualified is welcome to fill the vacancy.
The problem is what to do when a grammar school is oversubscribed with children who are all of the required academic standard.
Where admission is based quite strictly on rank order, the debate about 'Superselectives
' v. 'local schools for local children
' can become a very intense. You have only to read some of the threads regarding Tiffin in the Surrey section of the forum to see what a thorny issue this is!
There has been some movement in the Slough consortium to more of a 'mixed' system, giving some priority to those in catchment.
Bucks used to have score rather than distance as the final criterion, but in recent years both the LA and the grammar schools have been united in preferring distance. Whether this will change in future, as individual academies flex their muscles, remains to be seen.