I have lived in Timperley all my life and went to AGGS. I went to a local primary school and recall 8 girls from my class passing their 11 plus and I think probably around 4 or 5 boys. In a class of approx 30 that would mean almost half of us went to Grammar School. Fast forward 30 years when it was my eldest's turn and only 2 girls and 2 boys (out of a class of 37) passed. Those statistics say it all, similar to the OP's experience - a much higher proportion of local kids went to the Grammars compared to today. Do I think local kids have lost places ... yes I do! Local kids haven't suddenly become stupid - tutoring, bigger catchment and the huge number of applications have all contributed. I don't recall anyone living further than a bike ride away, everyone was from Bowdon, Altrincham, Hale, Hale Barns and Timperley. I wasn't tutored and I doubt anybody else was either (not including the prep people) ... it was assumed that if you were 'bright' you would pass. I was quite shocked when I visited the school on an open day a couple of years ago at just how much it has changed. It wasn't half as posh
as it is today, we used to wear baseball boots and carried khaki customised
school bags from the Army and Navy (yes the girls) .... we did look a mess but TBH nobody really cared what we looked like. Happy days!
I don't blame parents who live outside of Trafford for trying.... at the end of the day, if they know their child has a chance of a place at a Grammar School they are going to try their hardest to help their kids get there. I guess it's down to a mix of clever kids, savy parents, good tutoring and a lot of hard work! (applies to wherever you live
I don't mind if people from outside of Trafford want to send their children here. The intense competition for places has raised standards and year after year they achieve examination results other education authorities can only dream of. This has rippled through to the local High Schools who also achieve outstanding results. And I have to say, such is the clamour to obtain a place at one of our Grammar Schools that the value of my house has risen considerably which can only be a good thing
Sorry, I have gone off on a tangent. I don't mean to be flippant, not all my children went to Grammar School, infact the one that didn't go is the cleverest and got better GCSE/A Levels than one that did. And as for the one that is currently at Grammar ... she is doing ok. And while I'm on a roll - I do wish someone would find a better way of selecting who is suitable for a Grammar School education. I can honestly say that they got it all mixed up with me and my kids ... the one that should have passed didn't, the one that did pass wasn't interested, the one that shouldn't have passed but did is doing great. And me? I spent most of my time there thinking I was an imposter and that they would find me out and send me off packing to the Secondary Mod!
Back to the OP. I agree with you. House prices are very high and we also bought here because it is where we are from and I wanted my kids to go to the same school as me. It is a struggle to keep going sometimes and I often wonder if there was any point in buying here. In hindsight I think not. It does appear from these boards that there are a number of pupils who travel quite a distance to school. Are there any statistics somewhere? One day, when school is done we will reap the rewards and be off to some far flung place where they have never heard of the 11 plus and definitely no schools within a 50 mile radius!
And yes, I agree from a local perspective that some local children must have missed out on places as a result. In an ideal world, there would be Grammar schools everywhere and local kids could then go to local schools but if your local school is rubbish .... then what do you do? I don't know because I haven't looked but surely not all schools outside of Trafford are so bad? Perhaps we should all vote for Nigel
Hope I haven't offended anyone, we all want the best for our kids and it's just the way I see it.