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Police called as parents swamp grammar school where 1,500 children battle for just 126 places

10 October 2008

Police had to be called in to maintain order at an entrance exam for a top grammar school. Nearly 1,500 pupils were competing for 126 places at Wallington County Grammar School.

As they arrived with their parents to sit the 11-plus exam, officers were forced to patrol the car park to prevent 'havoc' from the sheer volume of visitors. The extraordinary scene in Sutton, Surrey, could be repeated across the country as grammar schools are swamped with record numbers of applications. The Daily Mail, 10 October 2008.,phpl