New Admissions Code

Fiona Miller investigates the effects of a new admissions code The new admissions code which was introduced in February 2007 is designed to make admissions policies fairer and more transparent. Practices like interviewing and taking up references which could allow covert selection to take place are now forbidden. Fiona Millar, a governor and journalist, finds out how the code affects governors of different types of schools. She visits Lady Margaret School, a voluntary aided church school for girls in Fulham, London, to discover the radical changes the governors have had to make to their admission policy – finally opting for random allocation – in order to comply with the new code. Fiona follows the process the governors went through by talking to the chair of governors, a representative of the local authority and to a schools adjudicator who rules on objections to admissions policies.

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