Only 16% of Vale children passed 11-plus (compared to 37% in the Chilterns)

Letters have criticised the 11-plus
Letters have criticised the 11-plus

Only 16% of children from Aylesbury Vale passed their 11-plus, compared to 37% in the Chilterns and the Bucks average of 24%.

The Vale was the worst performing out of the county’s four districts, according to statistics released about the exam taken in 2013 for the September 2014 intake.

This was the first time a new type of exam was used, which it was claimed was more coach-proof.

Many of our primary schools had less than five pupils pass the exam (these are not broken down further), with better performing schools including Bedgrove Junior (13 passes), Edlesborough (8), Haddenham (11) Long Crendon (6), St Mary’s CofE (11), Turnfurlong (14), Wendover CofE (15), William Harding (8) and Winslow (11).

After appeals and reviews were heard, Aylesbury Vale’s final grammar school intake was 21% of children – less than the 29% across Bucks.

Chiltern district’s final intake was 42%, South Bucks 38% and Wycombe 27%.

A total of 28% of Bucks’s grammar school intake of 2014 is from out of the county. This includes 44% at Aylesbury High School, 38% at the Floyd and 32% Aylesbury Grammar.

A special meeting is behing held for grammar school headteachers, who are now responsible for the 11-plus, to present to Bucks County Council’s select committee the results and analysis of the new test and answer questions.

Other headteachers and chairs of school governing bodies have been invited to the meeting to comment on the new test.

The meeting is at County Hall on Wednesday November 19 at 1.30pm.

The public may attend as observers and it will be webcast via the Bucks County Council website.