The Impact Of Failing My 11-Plus

After my GCSEs I did A ‘levels at the Grammar school, and what I found was that the pupils who had passed their 11-plus weren’t in fact cleverer than me and I didn’t struggle to keep up with them. I’m tempted to say that what they were was more middle class than me, but actually, I don’t even know that this is true. Instead, I think of the 11-plus as a fairly random twist of fate in the lives of children, dividing them according to their performance in one test on one morning in their final year of primary school.

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