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Governors oppose admission changes
The governors at Brookmans Park have written to the Schools Adjudicator strongly objecting to the proposed changes to Chancellors admission criteria.
They say letters, which should have been sent out in May inviting the school to comment never arrived and they are disappointed by the lack of direct contact from the LEA and Chancellors on the matter.
Brookmans Park School has so far enjoyed a special relationship with Chancellors as the preferred feeder school.
Now that criterion is about to be removed and Brookmans Park will become just one of 21 Hertfordshire Schools entitled to compete for places. Proposed admission changes
In his letter to the Schools Adjudicator, written on behalf of the Governing Body at Brookmans Park, chairman Jeremy Silverstone says the governors, strongly object to the proposals to withdraw our priority. Brookmans Park Letter in full
The letter questions the claim that all schools in the area have been part of the consultation process and expresses surprise and disappointment at the lack of direct contact with Brookmans Park School over the issue.
It also says the governors have only just been made aware that letters inviting them to comment on the proposed changes were apparently sent out in May the governors say there is no record of the letters every having arrived. Clearly, had we been aware of the proposals, we would have ensured that full representations would have been made at the time, the letter continues.
In his letter, Jeremy Silverstone suggests two possible solutions, to retain Brookmans Park as one of a select list of perhaps six local feeder schools or qualify applicants by proximity.
Jeremy Silverstone says this would continue to give local families priority access to their local school the alternative he says will change the complexion of the village itself, adversely affecting the community forever.
The governors letter ends with a plea to the Schools Adjudicator to press for, the reversal of these unnecessary and inappropriate changes with immediate effect.
Recently the chairman of governors at Chancellor's School wrote to parents recommending the changes. Chancellor's letter in full
Mr George Shiells also set out seven points parents could use in their letters supporting the plan. Seven points
The Brookmans Park governors letter ends with a plea to the Schools Adjudicator to press for, the reversal of these unnecessary and inappropriate changes with immediate effect.
July 12, 1999
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