What we want to change
Our aim is a comprehensive secondary school system with fair admissions to all publicly funded schools and an end to selection by ability and aptitude.
We want to end entry tests by ability and aptitude.
We want to see all schools bound into the School Admissions Code in the same way, regardless of whether they are maintained schools, academies, free schools or CTCs
We want to see the administration of all admissions to publicly funded schools managed by the local authority even if the criteria are set by the school. This would relieve all schools of the administrative burden and bring more openness to the procedure.
Any decision to introduce banding, ie admitting children to reflect the ability profile, should be made by the local admission forum and should apply to all schools in the area using the same method. The test on which banding is to be based should be taken by all children in the primary schools so that banding would reflect the ability profile across the area and not just those who apply to the school.