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Government inspector called in to review Highcrest's admissions policy
GOVERNMENT education chiefs have confirmed they have received a complaint about Highcrest Academy’s new admissions policy.
The Department for Education told the Free Press it had received a complaint about the academy’s controversial new admissions system and had referred it to The Office of the Schools Adjudicator.
The independent adjudicator is currently reviewing the complaint but the DfE refused to reveal any further information about the investigation.
The academy in Hatters Lane made controversial alterations to its admissions policy earlier this year following a consultation.
150 children sat the first round of the school’s now compulsory "no pass or fail" Non-Verbal Reasoning test last month.
The results will be used to divide pupils into four bands, before places are allocated based on the new admissions criteria.
Children with special educational needs are handed a place first before spots are allocated to children with siblings already at the school first, then those who live closest to the academy.
Headteacher Shena Moynihan says the fledgling system gives parents a different option to the 11+ enabling them to send their children to the same school and it will also help to encourage a mixed ability school.
She also told the Free Press earlier this month that a ‘few people will be surprised’ with the amount of grammar-qualified pupils who will shun the areas grammar schools in favour of Highcrest.
But opponents have criticised Highcrest’s new policy for putting more pressure on children by making them sit another exam in addition to the county-wide 11+.
Others have also accused the school of trying to ‘cherry pick’ the best students from around the district instead of focusing on children on its doorstep.
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