The original letter stated they would not be on consecutive days. The parent has now been told they could be on consecutive days.
Bucks CC Head Teachers' Manual for 2011 entry (no change from previous years):
:: The tests MUST be administered in the order above (test B28 before B29) and on separate days.
:: A minimum of one clear day should be left between the tests.
"Should" does not equal "MUST", but the statement is there.
Just thought I would mention it.
By leaving this arrangement to the last minute, Bucks CC are making it rather difficult for OOC candidates to apply to the schools, and unnecessarily so, imo. This from the Schools Admissions Code 2010:Co-ordination of admissions from 2011-2012 onwards3.7 The following paragraphs reflect the law as it applies to in-year applications for 2010 onwards, and to all applications for admission in 2011 onwards. While it is for each local authority to decide the scheme that best suits its residents and its schools, they must ensure that they.....do not disadvantage families resident in other local authorities who apply for schools in their area (which would be contrary to the rule established by the Greenwich Judgment.
It's not really a barrier, but only giving two weeks notice of the date and location of these important tests might be construed by some as a disadvantage.