How many Grammar Schools are there in England?

grammar schools in England

Grammar schools in England

A simple question for a blog post, but one which so many journalists answer wrongly, perhaps because they rely on old data - this use of out of date data could be the subject of another blog post in the future. In 2015 when we started compiling our database of grammar schools in England careful research was needed to assemble the definitive list of state grammars in England as there are many private schools with the name “grammar” school and also a number of non-selective schools have retained the name “grammar school” in their title. There are also some state grammars (Cranbrook School in Kent, Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Reading School, Ripon Grammar School and The Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe) which take boarders, something not normally associated with state schools. Added to the mix are bilateral schools such as The Spires College in Torquay and The Howard School in Rainham, Kent, which are non-selective schools with a selective grammar stream.

For the last few years there have been 163 grammar schools in England. For Several years prior to 2013 there were 164 grammar schools, but in 2013 two grammar schools in Ramsgate, Kent merged to become Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School. Chatham House Grammar School, a boys’ grammar school, and Clarendon House Grammar School, a girls’ grammar school, had been working closely together for a number of years and finally became one school in 2013,

so 164 grammar schools became 163.

For more information on the open days, 11 plus dates and 11 plus formats at England’s 163 grammar schools see the 11 Plus in Your Area section of our website.