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These are the seven points the chairman of governors at Chancellor's set out to help parents write letters to the Schools Adjudicator supporting the schools new admissions criteria.

Mr George Shiells wrote; " Should you decide to support us in this way, we set out below a number of points, any of which you may choose to use in your letter. It is important you compose your own letter stressing the points that are most important to you and your child. Such letters will add weight to the formal submission to the Adjudicator by your Governing Body.   

  1. Chancellor’s School is extremely popular and successful because of its distinctive nature. The current admission arrangements support and maintain this special character. The amendments that have been made after due consultation are such as to meet valid concerns yet continue to support both the special character and the long-term development plan.
  2. The School is over subscribed precisely because its character and standard of achievement are what parents want. The remedy for the disappointment felt by unsuccessful applicants cannot be to remove the very qualities that led them to apply in the first place.
  3. The Government has declared itself more concerned with success than with organisation and structures. A change in the structure of admissions could affect the School’s success and its contribution to the success of schools in Mid-Herts.
  4. Most local schools have developed or maintained a distinctive ethos and character, allowing most parents effective choice. Parents do not wish to see this diversity reduced or their rights to choose restricted.
  5. There has always been an abundance of talented pupils in Drama, Music and Sport. Pupils with ability in these areas are attracted to Chancellor’s because these specialisms are well catered for. Using its own resources, the School has just completed building a Performing Arts block and a second gymnasium. Pupils should be allowed to continue to apply under a special category.
  6. In 1996, a brand new Technology block was built which allowed the School’s strength in Technology, Design and Information Technology to flourish. Pupils with ability and aptitude in these areas should be allowed to continue to apply under a specialist category.
  7. Chancellor’s has never used any kind of written test for entry to any of its specialist categories. The current methods used for assessing aptitude and ability in Drama. Music, Sport and Technology are effective and need not be replaced by requiring prospective pupils to take tests.

July 7, 1999

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