Grammar Schools: Admissions

Department for Education written question – answered on 15th January 2015.

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Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of children (a) in receipt of free school meals, (b) with a statement of special educational needs, (c) from a BME community and (d) looked after by a local authority received a place in a grammar school in each of the last five years.

Photo of David Laws David Laws The Minister of State, Cabinet Office, The Minister for Schools

Holding answer received on 13 January 2015

The Department for Education does not hold information on pupils who received a place at a state-funded selective school but does hold information on the number of pupils enrolled in year 7 in state-funded selective schools in January each year. Information on this basis for January 2014 is given in the table below. Information for the remaining years could only be compiled at disproportionate cost.

Year 7 pupils in state-funded mainstream schools in England, January 2014

Number of pupils

Percentage enrolled at state-funded selective schools

All pupils



(a) Pupils known to be eligible for or claiming free school meals



(b) Pupils with statements of special educational needs



(c) Pupils from a minority ethnic group



(d) Pupils who are looked after for at least 12 months



Source: School census and national pupil database


  1. Includes pupils who are sole or dual main registrations.
  2. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 5.
  3. Some looked after children data could not be matched to pupil records in the school census, however matching rates are high. This means that this figure may be a slight underestimate.
  4. These figures exclude:
  1. pupils who received an offer of a place which was not taken up and;

  2. pupils who enrolled in state-funded selective schools, but left the school roll before the school census day in January.

  3. Cranbrook School, Kent which admits pupils from age 13 rather than age 11.

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