Hi, I'm a former lurker who has an OOC child sitting the Kent test next week, so have been following the thread with some concern over the last few days. A big thank you to all those who have posted before for your invaluable comments and advice.
I have just spoken to the case manager at adjudicator's office who told me that the objections are not public documents and he is therefore unable to send these out to interested members of the general public.
He did, however advise that all
complaints received related to the same issue, ie that the three schools involved all had a double selection process and were "cherry-picking" the highest scoring candidates rather than taking from the wider pool of children who had achieved passes, but had not necessarily scored highly. They claim that these schools are therefore depriving local children of places.
The format of the meeting will be:
Introduction by the adjudicator and a statement as to the purpose of the meeting.
The school and local authority representatives will then be introduced and eachwill have the opportunity to make a small presentation to support their case.
The meeting will then be opened to the floor for the public to make (brief) comments
It was stressed that there will not be a Q&A session
, this is merely an opportunity for people to put their views across.
Following the meeting there will be a one week period where supporting arguments by all interested parties should be put forward in writing to the adjudicator and he will gather any additional information he needs. He will then compile his report and recommendations which will be sent to legal teams and solicitors before his rulings are publicised. The possible outcomes are:
The selection process is unfair and impose changes
The selection process is partly unfair and impose changes
The selection process is fair and impose no changes
They aim to publish their decision by the end of October so that parents have all the necessary information before completing the CAF forms by the end of October - so this most definitely does affect September 2011 intakes.
This decision would last until such time as any valid complaint was made which reversed or altered it. The earliest any such potential complaint or appeal could be submitted is following publication of the admissions criteria for 2012, ie April 2011.
I am sorry, but I neglected to ask what the trigger would be for moving it on to a judicial review.
Hope this helps.