The Belfast Telegraph reported last week that Northern Ireland’s Grammar schools are taking a range of abilities, from A to D grades. Interestingly the two schools they highlight at the top of the article draw kids from the same catchment area: Sullivan Upper which only takes A grades and Campbell College, which takes as little as a D. The former is a state Grammar and the latter a private school. However several Grammar heads have been at pains to point out that “88.7% of pupils accepted into grammar schools have obtained A or B grades in the 11-plus, the grades awarded to the top 35% of those eligible to sit the test”.
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