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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.
- Chancellors 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
- 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
- The Government has declared itself more concerned with success than with
organisation and structures. A change in the structure of admissions could affect the
Schools success and its contribution to the success of schools in Mid-Herts.
- 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.
- There has always been an abundance of talented pupils in Drama, Music and Sport.
Pupils with ability in these areas are attracted to Chancellors 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.
- In 1996, a brand new Technology block was built which allowed the Schools
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
- Chancellors 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
to parents - July 7, 1999
admission criteria - June 16, 1999
Earlier Note from
Chairman of Governors - June 17, 1999
Do you think Chancellor's new admission criteria is
fair? Should Chancellor's be challenged or do you think the new system is
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