Neighbouring Schools

In one borough there were 18 comprehensives. In the neighbouring borough was a girls’ grammar school which was hugely oversubscribed. It had its own entrance exam and took the top ten percent of those who passed. School L, in the borough with 18 comprehensives, was oversubscribed but not the most popular school in the borough for academic students. However, even this school was affected by the proximity of the grammar. In Year 7, two very bright girls had chosen to come to School L. However, they were on the waiting list for the grammar school. They became part of School L’s statistics in Year 7. The two girls made a very good start at the school and were happy. But when places came up at the grammar school they left immediately. Just the departure of these two students had a negative effect on School L’s achievement figures

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