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The ‘grammar effect’ – why Bucks attracts so many families.

Grammar Schools are in the headlines again at the moment as Theresa May puts forward her plan to increase the number of selective grammar schools across Britain. Bucks is already home to thirteen grammar schools which draw a huge number of families towards the county as they wish their child to be within catchment of one these prized seats of learning.

Where are the grammar schools in Bucks?

Aylesbury Grammar School (boys)
Aylesbury High School (girls)
Beaconsfield High School (girls)
Burnham Grammar School (Co-Ed)
Chesham Grammar School (Co-Ed)
Dr Challoner’s Grammar School (boys) in Amersham
Dr Challoner’s High School in Little Chalfont (girls)
John Hampden Grammar School (boys) in High Wycombe
Royal Grammar School (boys) in High Wycombe
Royal Latin School in Buckingham (Co-Ed)
Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School in Aylesbury
Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School in Marlow
Wycombe High School (girls)


The results achieved by children at grammar schools continue to impress and often rival the leading independent schools. Last year Dr Challoner’s High School was placed 7th in the country with 100% of its pupils achieving at least five GCSEs at A* to C. With the government now setting targets for grammar schools to place greater importance on producing ‘rounded and grounded’ pupils the grammar schools are not just achieving excellent exam results but also providing a wider based curriculum.

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There is the small matter of passing the 11+ exam in order to gain a place at one of the coveted grammar schools. This specialised exam covers a range of skills including maths, verbal reasoninga pencil sitting on a test bubble sheet and non-verbal reasoning and is taken in the September prior to the year of entry. Many grammars will also offer a 12+ exam offering a few select places at that stage.


If your child is successful in the exam the next criteria is catchment area. If you live within catchment you will undoubtedly be awarded a place. Bucks County Council provide detailed maps so you can see whether you fall within the desired grammar catchment area.

With such favourable – and free – schooling on offer it is no wonder that so many families are drawn towards the area in the hope of benefiting from the ‘grammar effect’.

If you would like further information about finding a house within catchment of one of the Bucks grammars call Chiltern Relocation on 01494 672086 or email and we will be pleased to help.


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