Schools: Admissions

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 29th April 2008.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Secretary of State (Children, Schools and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which non-grammar schools have special dispensation to operate a partial system of selection by ability based on grandfathered rights; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

Legislation prevents admission authorities from introducing new selection by high academic ability. Schools that selected a proportion of their pupils in this way at the beginning of the 1997-98 school year may continue to do so but they must publish a notice each year to inform parents who may wish to exercise their right to object to the Adjudicator.

We do not formally collect information about which schools select a proportion of their pupils in this way. However the Department is aware of 40 such schools and they are shown in the following table.

LEA School
1 Barnet Mill Hill School
2 Bexley Erith School
3 Birmingham Ninestiles School
4 Buckinghamshire Waddesdon C of E School
5 Croydon Edenham High School
6 Riddlesdown High School
7 Archbishop Lanfranc
8 Shirley High School
9 Dorset Budmouth Technology College
10 Dudley Old Swinford Hospital School
11 Havering Coopers' Company and Coborn
12 Hertfordshire Queens' School
13 St. Clement Danes
14 Parmiter's School
15 Dame Alice Owen
16 Rickmansworth
17 Watford Boys
18 Watford Girls
19 Kent Homewood School
20 Archbishop's
21 Chaucer
22 Westlands
23 Kingston Holy Cross
24 Lancashire Ripley St. Thomas CE High
25 Lincolnshire Spilsbury King Edward VI
26 Liverpool Archbishop Blanch CE High School
27 King David High School
28 St. Edward's College
29 St. Hilda's CE High School
30 St. Margaret's CE High School
31 Peterborough Kings School
32 Southampton St. Anne's Convent School
33 Southend St. Bernard's High School
34 St. Thomas More High School for Boys
35 Surrey Roseberry Girls School
36 Wandsworth Burntwood
37 Ernest Bevin
38 Chestnut Grove
39 Graveney
40 Warwickshire Ashlawn School

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