Angry parents are demanding to know why their children have been denied places at a grammar School despite passing the 11-Plus - while 27 pupils who failed have been admitted.

Nihara Inoon, of Boxall Way, Langley, says her daughter Aasiyah, 11, has been devastated by not gaining a place at Burnham Grammar School.

She said: “Children go through a great deal of stress to get this exam. My daughter studied hard to pass but other children in her class who did not pass got offered places.

“She has been traumatised. It has left her with a great sense of failure even though she succeeded.”

Mrs Inoon made a Freedom of Information request that revealed 27 pupils had been admitted to Burnham Grammar this year despite failing the exam.

Aasiyah has sent a message to head teacher Dr Andrew Gillespie expressing her distress. She said: “Three of my friends who didn’t pass this test got into Burnham Grammar.

“I worked so hard to pass this test and I went though a lot and when I found out I had passed I felt over the moon, eager and excited thinking I would get into Burnham Grammar.

“When I found out I was rejected I felt the complete opposite.

“I feel sick all the time thinking about the rejection. I am always anxious. Sometimes I don’t fall asleep thinking so hard about this.”

She says she has been bullied at school and accused of lying about having passed the exam.

Another parent Kyla Connolly, of Ives Road, Langley, says her daughter Megan is equally distressed having passed the test but failed to get a place at Burnham.

She said: “One of her closest friends is going Burnham Grammar and she did not pass. My daughter is really disillusioned and does not understand it.”

She said the family might move out of the area.

The 27 children admitted who had not passed the 11 plus are understood to have gone through a process called the Safety Review Process.

This week, Dr Gillespie said it was designed as a safety net to give a chance to children who has failed the 11 plus after experiencing personal difficulties such as illness or family bereavement.

He said he understood how Aasiyah felt, adding: “I’m completely sympathetic and understand where she is coming from. But the review is a really essential safety net.”

He said the panel sometimes felt that circumstances might have affected a child’s performance or that the academic evidence suggested the test result did not reflect their ability.