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What is a Grammar School?

Grammar schools are selective state- funded secondary schools that have a strong focus on academic achievement. These schools select their pupils into Year 7 by means of an academic examination called the 11+ or “11 plus”. Some grammar schools also have an intake into Year 8 or Year 9 and test pupils with an equivalent 12+ or 13+ exam. Grammar schools do not charge fees, and competition for places is generally very high. Grammar schools offer an impressive, academically-focused, and socially inclusive education, without the fees demanded by independent schools.

How many Grammar schools are there in the UK?

There are 163 grammar schools across 36 in England. There are a further 69 grammar schools in Northern Ireland, but none in Scotland or Wales.

List of grammar schools in England

Adams Grammar School Wolverhampton & Wrekin

Alcester Grammar School Warwickshire

Altrincham Grammar School for Boys Trafford

Altrincham Grammar School for Girls Trafford

Archbishop’s School Kent

Ashlawn School Warwickshire

Aylesbury Grammar School Buckinghamshire

Aylesbury High School Buckinghamshire

Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School Lancashire

Barton Court Grammar School Kent

Beaconsfield High School Buckinghamshire

Beths Grammar School Bexley

Bexley Grammar School Bexley

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School Birmingham

Bishop Wordsworth School for Boys Devon

Bishops Stortford High School Hertfordshire

Borden Grammar School Kent

Boston Grammar School Lincolnshire

Boston High School Lincolnshire

Bourne Grammar School Lincolnshire

Bournemouth School Dorset

Bournemouth School for Girls Dorset

Burnham Grammar School Buckinghamshire

Bushey Meads School Hertfordshire

Caistor Grammar School Lincolnshire

Calday Grange Grammar School Wirral

Carre’s Grammar School Lincolnshire

Chancellors School Hertfordshire

Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School Kent

Chatham Grammar School for Girls Medway

Chelmsford County High School Essex

Chesham Grammar School Buckinghamshire

Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School Bexley

Churston Ferrers Grammar Devon

Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Lancashire

Colchester County High School Essex

Colyton Grammar School Devon

Cranbrook School Kent

Dame Alice Owen’s School Hertfordshire

Dane Court Grammar School Kent

Dartford Grammar School Kent

Dartford Grammar School for Girls Kent

Devonport High School for BoysDevon

Devonport High School for Girls Devon

Dover Grammar School for Boys Kent

Dover Grammar School for Girls Kent

Dr. Challoners Grammar School Buckinghamshire

Dr. Challoners High School Buckinghamshire

Ermysted’s Grammar School Yorkshire

Fort Pitt Grammar School Medway

Gravesend Grammar School Kent

Greenshaw High School Surrey

Handsworth Grammar School for Boys Birmingham

Heckmondwike Grammar School Yorkshire

Henrietta Barnett Barnet

Hershel Grammar Berkshire

Hertfordshire & Essex High School Hertfordshire

High School for Girls Gloucestershire

Highsted School Kent

Highworth Grammar School Kent

Holcombe Grammar School Medway

Homewood School Kent

Ilford County High School for Boys Essex (Redbridge)

Invicta Grammar School Kent

John Hampden Grammar School Buckinghamshire

Kendrick School Berkshire

Kesteven & Grantham Girls’ School Lincolnshire

Kesteven & Sleaford High School Selective Academy Lincolnshire

King David High School Liverpool

King Edward VI Academy Lincolnshire

King Edward VI Aston School Birmingham

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys Birmingham

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls Birmingham

King Edward VI Chelmsford Essex

King Edward VI Five Ways School Birmingham

King Edward VI Grammar School Lincolnshire

King Edward VI Handsworth School Birmingham

King Edward VI School Warwickshire

Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School Lancashire

Lancaster Royal Grammar School Lancashire

Langley Grammar Berkshire

Latymer School Enfield

Lawrence Sheriff School Warwickshire

Liverpool Blue Coat School Liverpool

Loreto Grammar School Trafford

Maidstone Grammar School Kent

Maidstone Grammar School for Girls Kent

Marling School Gloucestershire

Mayfield Grammar School Kent

Mill Hill County Barnet

Newport Girls’ High School Wolverhampton & Wrekin

Newstead Wood Bromley

Nonsuch Grammar Surrey

Oakwood Park Grammar School Kent

Parkstone Grammar School Dorset

Parmiter’s School Hertfordshire

Pate’s Grammar School Gloucestershire

Plymouth High School for Girls Devon

Poole Grammar School Dorset

Queen Elizabeth Barnet

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Cumbria

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School Kent

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School Lincolnshire

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School Lincolnshire

Queen Elizabeth’s High School Lincolnshire

Queen Mary’s Grammar School Wolverhampton & Wrekin

Queen Mary’s High School Wolverhampton & Wrekin

Queens’ School Hertfordshire

Rainham Mark Grammar School Medway

Reading School for Boys Berkshire

Reading School for Girls Berkshire

Ribston Hall High School Gloucestershire

Rickmansworth School Hertfordshire

Ripon Grammar School Yorkshire

Royal Grammar School Buckinghamshire

Royal Grammar School Colchester Essex

Royal Latin Grammar School Buckinghamshire

Rugby High School Warwickshire

Sale Grammar School Trafford

Shoeburyness High School Essex

Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School Kent

Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys Kent

Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School Buckinghamshire

Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School Medway

Sir Roger Manwood’s School Kent

Sir Thomas Rich’s School Gloucestershire

Sir William Borlase School Buckinghamshire

Skegness Grammar School Lincolnshire

Skipton Girls’ High School Yorkshire

South Wiltshire Grammar School Wiltshire

Southend High School for Boys Essex

Southend High School for Girls Essex

Spalding Grammar School Lincolnshire

Spalding High School Lincolnshire

St Bernards Catholic Berkshire

St Bernards High School Essex

St Clement Danes School Hertfordshire

St Michael’s Catholic Barnet

St Olaves Bromley

St Thomas More High School Essex

St. Ambrose College Trafford

St. Anselm’s College Wirral

St. Hilda’s C of E High School Liverpool

St. Margaret’s C of E High School Liverpool

Stratford Upon Avon Grammar School for Girls Warwickshire

Stretford Grammar School Trafford

Stroud High School Gloucestershire

Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls Birmingham

Sutton Grammar School Surrey

The Crossley Heath Grammar School Yorkshire

The Crypt School Gloucestershire

The Folkestone School for Girls Kent

The Harvey Grammar School Kent

The Howard School Medway

The Judd School Kent

The King John School Essex

The King’s School Grantham Lincolnshire

The North Halifax Grammar School Yorkshire

The Norton Knatchbull School Kent

The Rochester Grammar School Medway

The Skinners’ School Kent

The Spires College Devon

The Tiffin Girls School Surrey

The Tiffin School Surrey

Tonbridge Grammar School Kent

Torquay Boys Grammar School Devon

Torquay Girls Grammar School Devon

Townley Grammar School Bexley

Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School Kent

Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys Kent

Upton Court Berkshire

Upton Hall School Wirral

Urmston Grammar School Trafford

Wallington County Grammar School Surrey

Wallington High School for Girls Surrey

Watford Grammar School for Boys Hertfordshire

Watford Grammar School for Girls Hertfordshire

Weald of Kent Grammar School Kent

West Kirby Grammar School Wirral

Westcliff High School for Boys Essex

Westcliff High School for Girls Essex

Westlands School Kent

Wilmington Grammar School for Boys Kent

Wilmington Grammar School for Girls Kent

Wilson’s School Surrey

Wirral Grammar School Wirral

Wirral Grammar School for Girls Wirral

Wolverhampton High School for Girls Wolverhampton & Wrekin

Woodford County High School for Girls Essex (Redbridge)

Wycombe High School Buckinghamshire


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