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State grammar schools are located in the following local authorities:

Grammar schools in London:

  1. London Borough of Barnet
  2. London Borough of Bexley
  3. London Borough of Bromley
  4. London Borough of Enfield
  5. Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Council
  6. London Borough of Redbridge
  7. London Borough of Sutton

Grammar schools rest of UK:

  1. Birmingham City Council
  2. Bournemouth Borough Council
  3. Bradford Metropolitan District Council
  4. Buckinghamshire County Council
  5. Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council
  6. Cumbria County Council
  7. Devon County Council
  8. Essex County Council
  9. Gloucestershire County Council
  10. Hertfordshire County Council
  11. Kent County Council
  12. Kirklees Council
  13. Lancashire County Council
  14. Lincolnshire County Council
  15. Liverpool City Council
  16. Medway Council
  17. North Yorkshire County Council
  18. Plymouth City Council
  19. The Borough of Poole Council
  20. Reading Borough Council
  21. Slough Borough Council
  22. Stoke-on-Trent City Council
  23. Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
  24. Telford and Wrekin Council
  25. Torbay Council
  26. Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council
  27. Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council
  28. Warwickshire Council
  29. Wiltshire Council
  30. Wirral Council
  31. Wolverhampton City Council

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Further reading

Best added value grammar schools

Choosing a school - thoughts for parents

Understanding the 11+

Grammar school appeals

Grammar schools – are they really what’s needed?

State school admissions


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