Automatic grammar school tests in Bexley to be scrapped

PUBLISHED: 13:23 12 December 2012

Children in Bexley will no longer have to sit selection tests for grammar schools when education changes come into place next year.

Under the current system children automatically sit the tests at the beginning of year 6 to see if they can go to one of Bexley’s four grammar schools.

The changes, which will come into place next September for children who are currently in Year 5, will see the choice left up to parents.

Cabinet member for education Cllr John Fuller said: “These new tests are based much more on what children learn everyday at school.

“By allowing parents to opt in we take the stress away from those children for whom a selective school is not the right choice but who, in the past, have still had to sit the test.”

The four grammar schools in Bexley are Townley Grammar, Beths, Bexley and Chislehurst and Sidcup.

Parents can find more about the new tests at or by calling 020 8303 7777.

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