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It is telling that those local authorities which operate selective education systems consistently deliver an educational outcome above their comprehensive counterparts. For instance, in Bristol just 52.3% of pupils gain 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C (2012/13 figures), while in Trafford the figure is 70.5%. This example is just one of many we could make, as local authorities with selective admissions criteria almost always outperform those with comprehensive systems. See the datahere.
While there are some excellent comprehensive schools and non-selective local authority areas, areas with selective admissions criteria continually out-perform the vast majority of comprehensives.