Southend children attending local grammar schools on the rise

Published Wednesday, 9th October 2019

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Over half of Year 7 pupils that started at a Southend-on-Sea grammar school in September live within the Borough, new figures have revealed.

For the past three years, the council has run a yearly campaign urging parents of Year 5 pupils to consider taking the 11 Plus exam to increase the number of local children attending the four grammar schools within Southend.

The campaigns have been focussed around dispelling common misconceptions of the challenges families can face when their child attends a grammar school, such as the costs and transport to school for example.

Since the campaign launched in 2017, the percentage of Year 7 students living in Southend has increased by 12%:

Count of Year 7 pupils living in Southend and attending grammar schoolsPercentage of Year 7 pupils living in Southend and attending grammar schools

Year    Count of Year 7 pupils living in Southend and attending grammar schools Percentage of Year 7 pupils living in Southend and attending grammar schools
2017 301 41.3%
2018 353 48.8%
2019 389 53.2%

Cllr Anne Jones, cabinet member for children and learning, said: “Cllr Anne Jones, cabinet member for children and learning, said: “Grammar schools are not for everyone, and so these campaigns have all been about promoting choice, raising awareness of the 11 plus and encouraging local children to apply for and sit the test.

“To have over 50% of the Year 7 students live within the Borough is excellent news, and something we are keen to continue promoting so that we can ensure that more local children have the information and opportunity to apply for the 11 plus if they wish to.

“Deciding on a secondary school can be a very daunting experience, and we just want to make sure we are doing all we can to ensure the transition is as smooth as it can be.”