How would going to a grammar school help my child get into university?
When a child attends a grammar school, there is an automatic assumption that they are academically able and will achieve good results. This applies to any child who attends a grammar school, regardless of their background or whether they have been offered a scholarship, bursary, or if the school is free to attend.
The students who attend a grammar school generally all have the same mindset, and so encourage each other to do well. The peer pressure in a grammar school would be to perform well academically rather than to fit in with a particular popular crowd. Teachers in a grammar school will inspire their students to achieve well and go on to study at A Level and University. This is universally accepted as being the best route for a student to take within grammar schools, and so it is pushed by all teachers.
Praise is generally less differentiated and given in mass more; assemblies might be more focused on achievement than in a comprehensive school.
As grammar schools cater for a cohort of students with a higher average ability than comprehensive schools, lessons tend to move quicker as all students tend to pick up ideas more quickly. This means that often, more material is covered. Students may also take on more advanced material in preparation for their A Levels towards the end of Year 11.
Grammar schools, unlike comprehensives, are selective and so your child will have to sit an entrance exam to apply for a place.