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Sunday, 15 April 2012 23:00

Gravesend Grammar School

Gravesend Grammar School is the first grammar school to break ranks and offer places to most (if not all) of the boys on its waiting list.  This will certainly ease the log jam in North West Kent and will  ease the pressure on places at Wilmington Boys. It is not the first Kent school to do this, for Westlands made similar offers earlier in the year, as it did in 2011.......

 

Whilst this may be outside the admission regulations (the KCC prospectus explicitly states that schools cannot offer places over the PAN), the new Code of Practice for School Admissions has been slimmed down to simplify the process to the extent that too much of it is open to interpretation. The Code offers no sanctions against schools who do offend. In any case, as the school is an academy KCC can only watch and, although they may officially disapprove, informally will surely be grateful that the issues in North West Kent are diminished. Certainly there will be many families rejoicing over the news. I anticipate we shall now see more schools going their own way without regard to the rules of co-ordination laid down, in ways that one can only guess at present. Indeed I was talking with one headteacher this morning, whose view is that as an academy, what they do is none of KCC's business!

Last modified on Sunday, 14 April 2013 07:52

1 comment

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 17 April 2012 10:34 posted by Helen Fulcher

    Do you now how many children that equates to? Is that an extra class at Gravesend or could they squeeze them in? PETER: Sorry, don't know numbers, but it will take them into a sixth class, and possibly make it easier to win an appeal if the boy was initially non-selective.

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