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School Admissions

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of schools which would be affected if the draft Code proposing changes to the admissions criteria in relation to the deletion of the siblings criterion is implemented in February 2007. (94971)

The draft Code proposes to rule out the use of the sibling oversubscription criterion at all 164 grammar schools and to restrict its use in the 40 schools that use selection by ability or aptitude for more than 10 per cent. of their intake under section 100 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, unless the school can show exceptional circumstances to justify it.

We do not have information on how many of these 204 schools currently use the sibling criterion, and therefore are unable to say how many will be affected by the proposed changes. The criterion is acceptable at all other schools, including those that admit 10 per cent. or less by selection on aptitude.