That leaves Herts as the only local authority bordering London with only 3 preferences. They dropped the idea at the pre-consultation stage last year, and this year didin't even consider it (panel meeting
). They say they're still unable to model the effect of adding extra preferences. One suggestion (para 4.5 of the Minutes):
It was noted that a dialogue should be continued with partially selective schools regarding the possibility of entrance tests being carried out before the preferences are chosen. This was seen as a possible alternative to increasing the amount of preferences allowed.
Since the new admission code proposes to make this mandatory, they may think the problem is solved, but I don't see how it would help.