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Grammar school places are highly coveted, with parents willing to move across the country to give their child a chance at taking the Eleven Plus entrance exam.
As private school fees rise beyond the means of many middle class parents, families are increasingly drawn to grammar schools as a way to give their child a gold-standard education without paying hundreds of thousands of pounds for the privilege.
But they are in short supply, with just 163 across the country compared to 1,600 in the mid-sixties.
All grammar schools have strong academic records – but which are the best for getting pupils a place at Oxbridge?
The Telegraph has obtained detailed information, following a series of freedom of information requests, from every Oxford and Cambridge college about the schools to which they have made the highest number of offers over the past three years.
According to our data, the grammar school with the highest number of offers from Oxbridge was the Colchester Royal Grammar School, followed by Henrietta Barnett School in north London.
St Olave’s and St Saviour’s Grammar School in Orpington and Pate’s Grammar School in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire also feature on our list of the top 20 grammar schools.
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Oxbridge schools – top 20 grammars
Here we have profiled some of the country’s best grammar schools for getting a place at Oxbridge.
Pate’s Grammar School
Located in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, this selective co-educational grammar school was ranked Outstanding by Ofsted in 2013 and has achieved consistently high academic results every year. The school was founded in 1574 by the MP Richard Pate, with a fund bestowed to Corpus Christi, Oxford.
Since then, Pate’s students have excelled academically, making it the highest-achieving school in the South West. Entry to the school is selective, and applicants must take an admissions test. For the Sixth Form, applicants must have a minimum of 57 points from their top eight GCSEs.
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St Olave’s and St Saviour’s Grammar School, Orpington
St. Olave’s is a selective boys grammar school in Orpington, Greater London, accepting girls for sixth form entry. Founded in 1571, the free school is now one of the highest-performing free schools in the UK. Applicants must achieve high scores in the school’s entrance tests for admission at 11+ and 16+.
In 2017, St. Olave’s was accused of “unlawfully” pushing out sixth-form students ahead of their A-levels.
Parents took legal action against the school, prompting it to reverse its stance and allow the students to return for year 13. Headmaster Aydin Önaç was suspended from the school’s governing body at the time, weeks later announcing his resignation “for personal reasons”.
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The Tiffin Girls’ School
Tiffin is a highly selective grammar school for girls aged 11-18, located in Kingston upon Thames. Its motto is “sapere aude” – dare to be wise – and the school consistently achieves high GCSE and A-Level results.
Tiffin was first opened in 1880, and gained academy status in 2011. Entry in Year 7 is based on two competitive admissions tests, while Sixth Form admission is dependent on the “applicant’s overall profile, including their GCSE results”.
Students take part in extra-curricular societies ranging from the Cipher and Stenography Club to Model United Nations, and facilities include tennis courts, a drama studio, and a music suite.