Rob Clark wrote:
surely it would take some time for Academies to introduce a new admissions structure? I can’t believe that it could change as quickly as 2012, though no doubt the Grammar Academies will increasingly use their own procedures for post-Y7 admissions.
It is possible that the arrangements could change that quickly - as you know, the arrangements for post-11+ admissions at DCGS were consulted upon in spring 2010 and came into effect within days. However the scale and cost of 11+ testing will be a significant deterrent to schools opting out of the central Bucks system. I suspect that all the areas where the 11+ has been retained on a significant scale (Lincs, Essex, Kent, etc) will probably retain common testing simply for ease of administration.
Hypothetically speaking, I wonder whether the fact that the Bucks GSs may favour an different form of testing in the future could be used as grounds for an appeal?
Not really - it would be no different to schools in other parts of the country using different types of tests within the same area.
FYI, Amersham School are also exploring the possibility of seeking Academy status.
In total there are 10 Upper Schools considering conversion to Academy status - plus Aylesbury Vale which converted under the old rules.