Rob Clark wrote:
Our local highly selective GS gives preference to current students
Just as a point of interest – and apologies for the diversion – but I thought it was illegal to set different standards for existing students and new applicants…
Yes and no. What schools do is to set minimum standards which existing students must meet. They then set these out as the minimum requirements for external students. However, the devil is in the detail- in this case the oversubscription criteria. For any decent school is likely to be flooded with applications at sixth form- and that is when they can start upping the ante. So while the requirements of candidates offered a place must remain the same as those for existing students, which candidates get offered a conditional place
is likely to depend on other stated oversubscription criteria. Namely, whoever has the highest grade predictions gets the offer. But the offer itself must reflect the same requirements as those laid down for existing students. So in this way, existing students only have to meet the required standard, but new ones are likely to have been offered a place based on their potential to exceed those minimum requirements. Otherwise the school would be far too full at sixth form.
Does that make sense?