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Selectivity, admissions and intakes to ‘comprehensive’ schools in London, England

By Anne West and Audrey Hind

Abstract

This study focuses on admissions criteria used for 'comprehensive' secondary schools in London, UK. It was found that schools whose admissions were controlled by the local authority were more likely to report giving priority to children with medical/social needs and special educational needs than were schools that controlled their own admissions; the latter were more likely to report the use of various potentially 'creaming' criteria. There was also more 'selectivity' among London comprehensive schools with autonomy over admissions, with higher proportions using potentially selective admissions criteria than in the rest of England. Moreover, it was found that schools with responsibility for their own admissions had lower proportions of pupils with special educational needs and obtained higher scores in public examination 'league tables' than schools whose admissions were controlled by the local authority. The findings suggest that some schools, although nominally 'comprehensive', appear to restrict access to certain groups of pupils

Topics: L Education (General)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Year: 2006
DOI identifier: 10.1080/03055690600631036
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:15324
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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