Historic Pass Rates
With many perceiving grammar schools as private education without the fees, the number of people sitting the exam continues to increase and with little change in the supply (given the ban on the creation of any new grammar schools), competition for places is fierce. Broadly speaking, the pass rate i.e. achieving a standardised score of 121 or more, is approximately 30%. Preliminary data for the Buckinghamshire 11+ Exam sat in September 2018 indicates that of a total of 10309 students who sat the test, 3518 obtained the automatic qualification mark of 121 or more – approximately 34%.
The preliminary data from for 2019 entry into Buckinghamshire Grammar schools showed once again, an increase in the number of students sitting the exam with a pass rate similar to 2018 entry results.
In a recent report, academics from the University College London’s Institute of Education (IoE) found that 70% of children in England who were tutored secured a place in grammar school, compared with 14% of those who had no additional instruction.