From my own experience, I would say that the old grammar school system didn't always provide the best education, even for the relatively few children who cleared the hurdle of the 11-plus
I am one of a family of four and my wife is also, and we all sat and passed the 11-plus
, also our three children.
I was not clever enough to pass the 11-plus
examination in 1964 (and probably still wouldn't pass the same exam 52 years later) and consequently went to a secondary modern school in Birmingham.
Parents in the 1960s and 1970s began to resent the 11-plus
which consigned their children at the tender age of 11 to schools which they regarded as second class.
From 1944 onwards our education system became a question of grammar or secondary modern, all decided by the 11-plus
exam which divided children into winners and losers even before they'd reached the age of puberty.
Those who passed an exam taken at 11, the 11-plus
, would gain a place at a grammar with those not passing the exam going on to less academic "secondary modern" schools.
Passing the 11-plus
was the visa to the local grammar school.
The exams were introduced after the Department of Education abolished the 11-plus
The other 25 or so in my class I have lost touch with, but I am convinced that the 11-plus
and grammar school system laid strong foundations for all of us from working-class backgrounds in Derby to progress and succeed.
That was about the last time I saw him as he passed his 11-plus
and went to the grammar school.
Mid-2010 has been set as the target date for the formation of the JV that could include localized production of GE's 11-plus
MW range of GE10 gas turbines to localize the production and servicing of gas turbines in Kazakhstan.
In Scotland, the qualifying exam or "quali", similar to the English 11-plus
, was abolished in 1957.