Background contextual information about Bexley Grammar School

Bexley Grammar School is a co-educational selective Academy of approximately 1400 students, including 0ver 500 in the Sixth Form.  It draws on the top 27 to 28% ability range of students from a largely working-class catchment area.  73% of pupils from the 10 wards that contribute the greatest proportion of the school's pupils are from areas where below 13% of adults have a higher education qualification (compared to the average in England of 19.2%).  9.3% of pupils are eligible for free school meals, which is a relatively high percentage for a selective school.   The percentages of pupils from ethnic minority households and those whose first language is not (or believed not to be) English are 43.6% and 19.5% respectively and both fall above the 60th percentile nationally.  (Statistics drawn from 2015 RAISEonline data.)

At 6th form level the school has offered a choice of the International Baccalaureate or A levels since 2004 and from 2017 will become fully IB.  The threshold for admission to the 6th form is 7B grades and 1C at GCSE and the current Year 13 cohort includes about 100 students who joined from other, mainly non-selective, schools in South East London.  The average achievement at A level in 2016 was 351 UCAS points, and the average IB point score was 33.3 points.  IB subject predictions are closely based on students’ Autumn term report grades and in 2016 97% of those were within one point of the final grade, with over 69% of achieved grades being at the level of the report grade or higher.