Doodlesmum, I am very uneasy about the school asking for this information prior to the 11+ test results being published. Asking for it once a child is confirmed as a future pupil, i.e. has accepted a place, would not be unreasonable, but to ask for it from every applicant in this blanket fashion before the test results are announced is worrying.
These are but a few quotes (there are more) from the Admissions Code which demonstrate why this gives rise to concern. Note that where the Admissions Code specifies "must not
", the stricture has legal force:
1.52 admission authorities must not use either face-to-face interviews or interviews by telephone or other means.
1.78 Admission authorities must not use supplementary application or information forms that ask: ...
e) about parents’ or children’s interests, hobbies or membership of societies
1.89 Applications and any permitted supplementary forms must be completed by parents or carers or their representative. With the exception of applications from children for a school sixth form and applications from children above compulsory school age for a school place other than sixth form, admission authorities must not ask children to complete application forms for school places.
2.16 In setting oversubscription criteria admission authorities must not: ...
f ) take account of reports from previous schools about children’s past behaviour, attendance, attitude or achievement;
Please could you PM me with name of the GS so I can check their admissions policy? It would also be helpful if you could let me know the precise wording of the statement that was made to you about contacting the primary school.