UPDATED: October 15, 2020

Partially selective schools are state-funded free secondary schools that select a proportion of their intake by ability or aptitude. A few schools around the country have retained the right to choose a proportion of pupils by ability or aptitude.

There are two types of partially selective schools in the current education system in England.

  • Bilateral Schools
  • Partially Selective Schools

Here is the link in case if you are looking for an up-to-date list of 163 Grammar Schools in the U.K. sorted by gender and Ofsted report.

There are no partially selective schools in Scotland and Wales as they have adopted a comprehensive system. Northern Ireland retains a grammar school system and has 69 grammar schools in the area.

What Does Bilateral School Mean?

Bilateral Schools which include both grammar and non-selective streams with the two groups of students taught independently. In England, there are 8 bilateral schools and all of them in areas that have retained fully selective grammar schools. Because of the competition from grammar schools in the local area, some of the bilateral schools tend to stay under-subscribed for their grammar streams.

Details of the 8 Bilateral Schools are listed below.

What Is Partially Selective School?

Partially Selective Schools are the schools that still use a small percentage of selectivity in choosing their pupil. However, they are not fully selective schools like state grammar schools. The grammar school system abandoned after the introduction of a non-selective comprehensive system. Yet, some of the schools retained the part of selection by academic ability or aptitude in a named specialism.

Partially selective schools are not the schools that have acquired specialist status but cautiously introduce up to 10 per cent selection in the specialist subject as a result.

The latest list of the 34 partially selective schools is below.

Bilateral Schools

To be accepted to the selective stream of a bilateral school, pupils must obtain the standard qualifying score in an 11 plus exam, usually, the same test used by local grammar schools to select their pupil.

Bilateral schools are undersubscribed for their grammar portions as a result of the heavy competition from the grammar schools. In some instances, they required to fill the vacant places with non-qualified pupils, unlike grammar schools which have the freedom to remain under-subscribed if insufficient pupils qualify for entry through the 11 plus qualification exam.

Here is the list of all the Bilateral Schools in the UK sorted by Local Authority. You can sort the list by gender and Ofsted Report. Click on the heading to sort the table.

Local AuthoritySchoolGenderOfsted Rating
LincolnshireKing Edward VI AcademyMixedGood
MedwayThe Howard SchoolBoysGood
ReadingReading Girls’ SchoolGirlsNo Ofsted assessment published
Southend-on-SeaSt Bernard's High School for GirlsGirlsGood
Southend-on-SeaSt Thomas More High School for BoysBoysGood
TorbayWestlands SchoolMixedGood
WarwickshireAshlawn SchoolMixedOutstanding
Local AuthoritySchoolGenderOfsted Rating

Partially Selective Schools

All of these partially selective schools are heavily oversubscribed as competition for places is fierce in those schools that select pupils for academic ability.

Here is the list of all the Partially Selective Schools in the UK sorted by Local Education Authority(LEA)You can sort the list by gender and Ofsted Report. You can sort the table by clicking those headings. I will update the table frequently so please keep an eye on it. If you find the data is useful, please pass it to friends and family.

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LEASchoolGenderOfsted RatingSelective intake
BarnetMill Hill County High SchoolMixedGood10% Technology, 10% Music, 5% Dance
CroydonOrchard Park HighMixedGood15% General Ability
CroydonThe Archbishop Lanfranc AcademyMixedGood15% General Ability
CroydonRiddlesdown CollegiateMixedOutstanding15% General Ability
CroydonShirley High SchoolMixedRequires Improvement15% General Ability
DorsetBudmouth Academy WeymouthMixedNo Ofsted assessment published12% general ability
DudleyOld Swinford HospitalBoysGood27% General Ability
EssexThe King John SchoolMixedInadequate15% General Ability
HertfordshireDame Alice Owen’s SchoolMixedOutstanding32.5% General Ability, 5% Music
HertfordshireParmiter’s SchoolMixedOutstanding25% General Ability, 10% Music
HertfordshireQueens’ SchoolMixedGood35% General Ability, 5% Music, 5% Sport
HertfordshireRickmansworth SchoolMixedGood25% General Ability, 10% Music
HertfordshireSt. Clement Danes SchoolMixedOutstanding10% General Ability, 10% Music
HertfordshireWatford Grammar School for BoysBoysOutstanding25% General Ability, 10% Music
HertfordshireWatford Grammar School for GirlsGirlsOutstanding25% General Ability, 10% Music
KentArchbishop’s SchoolMixedRequires Improvement15% General Ability
KentHomewood SchoolMixedRequires Improvement20% General Ability, 1% Music
KentWestlands SchoolMixedGood10% Maths
LambethArchbishop Tenison’s SchoolMixedNo Ofsted assessment publishedWeighted Banding
LambethLondon Nautical SchoolBoysRequires ImprovementNautical or Sport
LancashireRipley St Thomas Church of England AcademyMixedOutstanding15% Language
LiverpoolKing David High SchoolMixedOutstanding17% Music
LiverpoolSt Hilda's Church of England High SchoolMixedGood15% General Ability
LiverpoolSt Margaret's Church of England AcademyBoysGood15% General Ability
NottinghamBluecoat Aspley AcademyMixedGood10% Maths and Science
PeterboroughThe King's (The Cathedral) SchoolMixedOutstanding10% General Ability, 2.5% Music
PoolePoole High SchoolMixedGood10% General Ability
Southend-on-SeaCecil Jones AcademyMixedNo Ofsted assessment published10% General Ability
Southend-on-SeaShoeburyness High SchoolMixedGood10% General Ability
SurreyGlyn SchoolBoysOutstanding15% General Ability
SurreyThe Winston Churchill SchoolMixedGood9% General Ability, 5% Music
SuttonGreenshaw High SchoolMixedGood25% General Ability
WandsworthBurntwood SchoolGirlsGood25% General Ability
WandsworthChestnut Grove SchoolMixedGood20% Art and Design, 20% Languages
WandsworthErnest Bevin CollegeBoysRequires Improvement33% General Ability
WandsworthGraveney SchoolMixedOutstanding25% General Ability
LEASchoolGenderOfsted RatingSelective intake

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