Dear St John’s College, Cambridge,
I am writing in order to kindly request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 regarding admissions to the PBS coursesfor the 2015-2017 cycles, into St John's College Cambridge.
1. The predicted Advanced Level grades (with their corresponding subjects), for each individual given an interview invitation for the 2015-2017 cycles.
2. The results from the pre-interview tests (TSA and essay) of all candidates for the 2015-2017 cycles. Including the average scores of all candidates, interviewed candidates and successful candidates, and the range (lowest to highest score) for successful candidates.
3. The interview scores as well as any documented comments from said interviews for each individual interviewed from 2015-2017.
3. The final offer status (Offer, No Offer) for each application receiving an interview. If at all possible to be presented next to all other information (as requested) provided on each candidate.
4. The type of school each successful candidate attended.
5. The overall number of candidates applying for PBS at St John's, the number of candidates interviewed, the number of candidates receiving an offer to St John's, the number of candidates being pooled, and the number of candidates receiving an offer from another college through the pooling system (to be presented as raw data).
This information can be presented in whichever format is easiest/quickest. Thank you for your cooperation and any help you can offer.
Dear Mr Patel
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request concerning Admissions Statistics for PBS at St John's College.
We no longer hold information on unsuccessful applicants from 2015 and 2016 cycles.
1. All candidates invited to interview will have had predicted grades that met the minimum offer level for
2. To disclose individual results for the pre-interview tests scores for applicants would require the processing
of the personal data of applicants for a purpose other than that for which it was obtained and
would therefore conflict with the Data Protection Principles. We can state that the average score for all
candidates was 4.6 and ranged from 1.0 to 8.9, and the essay scores average was 2.0, and ranged from 1.0 to
3. To disclose individual interview scores and any documented comments for these applicants would require
the processing of the personal data of applicants for a purpose other than that for which it was obtained
and would therefore conflict with the Data Protection Principles. However, the range of interview scores
was as follows (2017 cycle): successful applicants ranged from 7 to 10, and overall ranged from 5 to 10.
4. School type. To disclose this information as the group is so small might risk identifying individuals. We can
state that the majority were at State/Maintained schools.
5. 2017 cycle : 17 applications, 12 invited for interview, 7 placed in the Pool and 3 conditional offers.
Two candidates placed in the Pool received offers from other Colleges.
2016 cycle: 17 applications, 11 invited for interview, 0 placed in pool, and 5 conditional offers
2015 cycle: 14 applications, 9 invited for interview, 4 placed in pool, and 2 conditional offers
If you are dissatisfied with my response you may seek an internal review in writing setting out the grounds for review. It will be dealt with by a College Officer. Should you not be satisfied with the outcome of the review, you will have a right of appeal to the Information Commissioner by writing to him at Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
St John's College
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