Demand for grammar places now outstrips supply by nearly 50 per cent, official figures show

The demand for grammar school places now outstrips supply by nearly 50 per cent, the first ever official data shows.

Last year 37,786 families put a grammar school as their first choice but only 25,827 places were offered, meaning the demand to supply ratio is 46 per cent.

For every 15 children whose first choice of secondary school was a grammar, around 10 places were on offer, according to a report published by the Department for Education (DfE).

Officials used school preference data from 2014 to 2019 to analyse trends and patterns in admissions.

“Over this period grammar schools were a popular choice for parents in the areas that have selective schools,” the report said.

 

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