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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:02 am 
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The draft admissions arrangements for entry to Year 7 in September 2019 are broadly similar to those currently in effect for September 2018 entry. The main change for 2019 is the proposal to cap the number of places available for applicants living in Priority Area 1 to 50% of the total available places in Year 7. This reflects the current position where just under half of the Year 7 students joining the school in September 2017 live in the local area (defined by post codes SL3 7, SL3 8 and SL3 0).

For 2018 entry, applicants living in Priority Area 1 (defined by post codes SL3 7, SL3 8, SL3 9 and SL3 0) need to gain a score of at least 111 (the eligibility score) in the 11+ entrance examination in order to be offered a place. The proposal for 2019 entry is that in the event that the number of applicants from Priority Area 1 is greater than 50% of the available places, then those places would be allocated in rank order of performance in the 11+ entrance examination.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:41 pm 
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neo1232 wrote:
The main change for 2019 is the proposal to cap the number of places available for applicants living in Priority Area 1 to 50% of the total available places in Year 7. This reflects the current position where just under half of the Year 7 students joining the school in September 2017 live in the local area (defined by post codes SL3 7, SL3 8 and SL3 0).

It is a good thing that they have added the 50% cap. It will avoid, to an extent, lots of parents moving into these post codes a year or two before their DC take the 11+ exams.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:50 pm 
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What about children who live in area 2?

Does that mean they want to have 50% from area 1 and 50% from area 2?

Does that mean, given a year size of 180, that a child who got (eg) a “elegible” score of 113 in area 1 might not get a place (if there were 120 kids who passed from area 1, and more than 90 of those kids scored over 114).... but then a child from area 2 who got 113 might get in because there were only 70 kids in area two who had a higher score than that.... it seems odd to cap and within that cap to rank score, as it means kids from further away with a lower score may get a place at the expense of a local child.....

I’m confused!

Does anyone know why this is proposed? Is there an issue at the school with social splitting between the local children with “pass” scores and those from further away who now need an astronomical score in order to get into year 7?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:42 pm 
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Aethel wrote:
What about children who live in area 2?

Does that mean they want to have 50% from area 1 and 50% from area 2?

Does that mean, given a year size of 180, that a child who got (eg) a “elegible” score of 113 in area 1 might not get a place (if there were 120 kids who passed from area 1, and more than 90 of those kids scored over 114).... but then a child from area 2 who got 113 might get in because there were only 70 kids in area two who had a higher score than that.... it seems odd to cap and within that cap to rank score, as it means kids from further away with a lower score may get a place at the expense of a local child.....

I’m confused!

Does anyone know why this is proposed? Is there an issue at the school with social splitting between the local children with “pass” scores and those from further away who now need an astronomical score in order to get into year 7?


But a 'pass score' should be just that - demonstrating the minimum level of ability that the school deems sufficient to benefit from the education it offers. If DC from wherever with 'just' a pass are struggling, either the school is doing something weird or it is offering something perfectly 'copable with' by, say, the top 20% of the cohort, but it has set its 'floor' (qualifying score) at the level of the bottom of the top 40%,, or whatever.

We have two boys' and two girls' grammar schools locally and all employ a policy of 'up to a certain number / certain percentage places available to applicants living within the priority area, all remaining places only available OOC'. In each case, the proportion available IC is significantly more than 50%. Thus far, only DS2's school (up to 5/6 IC) has been known to have more IC applicants than places, but the other boys' grammar usually doesn't attract its IC maximum, so a grammar place is available, so long as those with scores near to the pass have applied to both.

I don't know Slough, but 50%, when the school historically takes 'just under' that from the inner area, does look like cutting it a bit fine - or are those postcode areas unbelievably tiny and upmarket and the school can't envisage either needing or wanting to try to encourage more local DC to apply? (Our grammars generally try to encourage more local parents and DC to see them as an option, with outreach activities and low cost or free familiarisation programmes).

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