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700 admitted to grammar schools without passing 11 plus.

700 admitted to grammar schools without passing 11 plus.

Almost 700 pupils were admitted to grammar schools across the country at the start of the last academic year without having passed the 11-plus admission test, Tes can reveal

The number has been revealed through a freedom of information request carried out by anti-selection campaign group Comprehensive Future, which says the overall figure is likely to be higher as 59 out of the country's 163 grammar schools did not respond to the FOI.

Comprehensive Future chair Nuala Burgess said some grammar schools were “quite happy to be less selective when it suits them” and that many were "struggling to fill places".

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