Admissions reform

31st October 2008 at 00:00

The head of a west London secondary has called for reform after successfully defending his school's admissions policy in costly High Court proceedings.

Sir Pritpal Singh, head of Drayton Manor High, said the time and money wasted on the case had been "an absolute disgrace".

The Schools Adjudicator had previously found that the popular school's oversubscription policy had "indirectly discriminated" against pupils from "economically less advantaged families". Ealing Council had said pupils from poorer areas north of the school had been turned away, but Drayton Manor said they lived nearer to Brentside High, which had falling rolls. Judge Stewart QC quashed the adjudicator's decision, saying he had failed to give adequate reasons.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today