There are currently 19 grammar schools in London and 164 in England in total. Grammar schools are state-funded secondary schools that admit pupils based on their performance in the 11 Plus exam.
The following list aims to provide parents with a brief overview of each grammar school in London:
Situated in the Hampstead Garden Suburb, the Henrietta Barnett School (HBS) is a non-denominational school for female students aged between 11 and 18. Founded in 1911, the school became an Academy in 2012.
Founded in 1573, Queen Elizabeth’s School is set within a 30-acre campus. After becoming a comprehensive school in 1971, the School reverted back to a boys’ grammar in 1994. Research by the Sutton Trust suggests that the school sends more students to Oxford and Cambridge than any other state school in England.
Situated in North Finchley, St. Michael’s School is a Voluntary Aided three-form entry secondary for girls. Founded in 1908 the school is under the control of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Poor Child Jesus. Since September 2009, boys are admitted to 6th Form.
Beths Grammar School has an intake of boys aged between 11 and16. This selective school also has a mixed Sixth Form. In 1995, the school received Technology College Status and in 2005 was recognised as one of the first High Performing Specialist Schools.
A co-educational school in Welling, London
Bexley Grammar School was founded in 1955 and opened by Sir Edward Heath. It’s a co-educational school based in Welling and has Academy status. In some cases, students can gain entry to Year 7 at age 10 and to Sixth Form at 16 if they meet all relevant criteria.
Chislehurst and Sidcup School opened its doors in 1931. Known locally as ‘Chis and Sid’, the mixed-sex school is situated in Sidcup and has academy status.
Townley Grammar School in Bexleyheath is an academy status school for girls. Previously known as Bexley Technical High School for Girls, the grammar takes students from Years 7-11 with a mixed male sixth form.
A highly-selective school in London
Newstead Wood School is a highly selective girls’ school in Orpington. Founded in 1957 by the Kent Education Committee, it became part of Bromley in 1965. The school has a track record for providing good value and helping students achieve high scores at A-level.
This highly selective boys’ secondary school is located in Orpington. Known locally as STOGS, the school is one of the top performing state schools in the UK. In 2011, St Olave’s was ranked by The Financial Times as the fourth best performing state school at A-level.
This selective, mixed school in Edmonton was founded in 1624. School places are awarded based on performance in the 11 Plus exam with 20 places reserved each year for students with exceptional musical talent.
A very popular academy in London
Tiffin Girls’ School in Kingston upon Thames moved from voluntary aided status to an Academy school in 2011. With around 1000 pupils aged between 11 and 18 and a further 300 in the sixth form, this academy is very popular in London.
Tiffin School in Kingston was established in 1880 and has a reputation for providing a top class education. The school has an intake of 180 students per year and converted to Academy status in 2011.
Ilford County High School was is one of the original selective state schools in the borough of Redbridge. This specialist school for boys has a solid performance record. The Sixth Form currently offers eighteen subjects at AS or A Level and the school expects pupil places to rise over the next few years.
Woodford County High School (WCHS) in Woodford Green is a secondary all-girls selective school. Founded in 1919, the school offers the 120 top performing pupils from the 11 plus exam a place where, they are then allocated form classes.
Located in Cheam in the borough of Epsom and Ewell, Nonsuch High School for Girls was established in 1938. The school has academy status and is surrounded by 22 acres of campus on the edge of Nonsuch Park. With a specialist science college and languages school Nonsuch has received various awards.
Sutton Grammar School opened in 1899. The school is Victorian in its origins and has an intake of pupils aged between 11 and 18.
The original Wallington County Grammar School (WCGS) was founded in 1927 with 71 pupils. The current site has been situated on Croydon Road in Sutton since in 1935.
Wallington High School for Girls is a selective school in Sutton and was established in 1888 by a group of nuns. The school accommodates approximately 2310 students and has a Sixth Form College.
One of the oldest state schools in England
Located in Wallington, Wilson’s School is a boys’ academy with approximately 1,100 pupils. Founded in 1615, Wilson’s is one of the oldest state schools in England. Entry to the school is based on performance in the entrance examination. The school celebrated is 400th anniversary in 2015 with a visit from Prince Edward.
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