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Adjudicator requires fair admission policies

30 August 2013

London Oratory School, a heavily oversubscribed comprehensive catholic boys school, has been ordered to amend its admission policy by the Schools Adjudicator as it breached the School Admissions Code 2012. The Adjudicator decided that the priority given to children at the school, where there was evidence of at least three years service to the local church community was unfair in that it disadvantaged those who were not good at planning ahead or those who had moved into the area and were unaware of these requirements.

Whilst the school may choose to challenge the decision, as has happened before, the case does highlight the need for schools to carefully review their admission policies in light of the School Admissions Code 2012 and ensure that the policy is clear, fair and objective and, as far as possible, meets the needs of the community the school serves. Where policies fall short of this standard, the report shows that changes may be forced upon schools against their wishes.

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