I am posing this question purely out of curiosity. There are always rumours about the number of children gaining an offer from each school. Some schools have a reputation for supporting the idea of grammar schools and some don't. Whether a primary school supports 11+ or not, I believe that the way they teach greatly determines a child's chance of success at these exams. Of course as parents we do have to top-up the children's preparation but a big part of the learning happens at school. So how did the Orpington schools do this year?
I'm not in Orpington, but it's an interesting question so I thought I would chip in. In our primary, over the last few years, the number of children securing places in the grammars has varied between a handful and over 20, whether the school supported the idea or not. The key factor here seems to be a number of parents prepared to take their children through 11+. There are many different reasons why some people decide to go down the selective schools route and some don't. Sometimes, it may be a large group; at other times no more than 10 go for 11+ and if 6 or 7 of them get places, it may not seem like many, even though it is quite a high success rate. It is interesting to see how many children from a particular primary go to grammars, but the numbers don't always tell the whole story - something to bear in mind if someone applies for a place in a reception class based on the latest number of year 6 children going to grammar schools.