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Wednesday, 30 May 2012 09:31

Grammar School Appeals and Waiting Lists

I have been arguing with Kent County Council over the past two years about the status of children who did not pass the eleven plus, but who are found to be of selective ability by an Independent Appeal Panel for an oversubscribed grammar school. The Panel then has two choices: they can offer the child a place at the school, or else reject the appeal on grounds that other children have a greater claim to a place. KCC has argued in the latter case that such children are not eligible to go on the waiting list, but I have secured Ombudsman decisions permitting schools to place them on the list for that school only.  

In the 2012 appeals for Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, once again.....

 

there were boys who had not passed the eleven plus found to be of selective ability by the Panel. In at least two cases, boys in this category were still not offered a place by the Appeal Panel on the grounds that other boys had a stronger claim. However, as far as I am aware, for the first time the Appeal Panel Clerk (not KCC) is writing to the school to request that the boy is added to the school's waiting list. In practice this should make no difference as boys on the waiting list should not be offered a place until the number of boys to be admitted falls back to 180 (the Planned Admission Number)  from the 212 it stands at at present (see below). However, schools are increasingly 'doing their own thing' under the new freedoms and it is possible that TWGSB will see fit to offer additional places off the waiting list if the number falls below 210. AND SEE COMMENT BELOW!

What I am not clear on yet is whether this decision by the Panel reflects a new KCC policy, or is on their own initiative. If the former, I am delighted that my actions have encouraged this change of heart.

Please note that, in any case, a Panel decision for a particular school that a child is of selective ability  is not transferable to any other school. 

 

 

Last modified on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 07:27

3 comments

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 14 May 2013 19:47 posted by Ifrah

    A score of 212 should be allowed because compared to the scores other people got I think this is a good score.

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 14 May 2013 19:45 posted by Ifrah

    I think anyone who passed should have gotten in.

  • Comment Link Friday, 01 June 2012 10:11 posted by Sue Hooper

    Peter, at the Group Stage 1 appeal for TWGSB Mr Harrison the head did say that he would maintain the extra class - ie if the PAN falls below 210 he will offer a place from the waiting list. PETER: THANKS FOR THAT

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