Does the new 2015 admissions code for KE schools showing very low PP qualifying marks serve as a score indicating grammar school ability?
It seems hundreds of non-PM children will get higher scores, but not get a place meaning lots of appeals.
In my opinion, the score pupil premium children need to obtain isn't particularly low. 209 is a respectable score. I know a couple of children ( bright /middle-class ) who sat the exam last year without any tuition and they gained scores around 209. I am sure that they would have gained higher ones if they had had coaching or had attended prep schools where extensive preparation takes place but this was what they achieved naturally, by simply turning up. I believe that many pupil premium children will also sit the exam having done less prep than the other students and therefore, I believe, the score required of them is reasonable.
I don't think that anyone will have grounds to appeal. The consortium has made it clear from the start that the extra places created are for pupil premium students and therefore noone else is entitled to them. There are exactly the same number of places available for students who are not pupil premium as the year before, and the year before that. Therefore, no child sitting the exam this year will be disadvantaged because of the changes. They have the same chance as the students from the previous year.