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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 4:39 pm 
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A friend in another Borough told me that a grammar school headteacher has 'demanded' her to give assurance that her girl has not received any 11+ 'coaching', or the headteacher will not accept her girl into his grammar school even if her girl passes the 11+.

Can anyone tell me if a headteacher could make such a demand?
(So that I can pass on the information to my very stressed friend)

Many thanks.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:00 pm 
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I assume this requirement does not appear in the published admission arrangements? :lol:

If the child qualifies in the 11+, and is offered a place (either because there are sufficient vacancies, or as a result of applying the published oversubscription criteria), no one could lawfully take that place away, unless there has been cheating (e.g. an 'address of convenience').

There is an argument that over-tutored children might flounder in a selective school, but that is a situation that would need to be looked at in the light of their performance after entry (not because they have been tutored).

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:08 am 
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He can't- but wouldn't it be fab if he could!


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:34 am 
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:shock: How does this head think he could stop an offer being made? Are these people going to appeal and the head think he can influence the panel?

If this story has been related to you accurately, I don't think this particular head is a very pleasant person, untruthful and a bit of a threatening or bullying type. Is the school actually any good as I would seriously worry about a head like that?


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:42 am 
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The Head would have to threaten the entire intake I suspect, such is the way of getting in these days - he cannot use his position like this, as it is not stated in the admissions code. He is allowing his personal preferences to become too threatening and should be careful.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 2:10 pm 
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On my behalf of my stressed-out friend, I thank everyone for their input.
I've asked her to read all your valuable comments from this thread herself.
Please do understand that she does NOT want to be 'identified' by the headteacher, who may give her more demand, so she cannot thank you all personally. :D

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