Admissions to Dartford Borough's Grammar Schools

Kevin Brant made this Freedom of Information request to Kent County Council

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From: Kevin Brant

18 February 2011

Dear Kent County Council,

I would be grateful if you would let me have the following
information in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act:

A) Figures for the number of children living in Dartford Borough
admitted to the Borough's grammar schools, broken down by year
since the Kent 11 Plus Test was introduced.

B) What percentage Dartford resident children represent of total
admissions in these schools for each of those years.

C) The same figures and percentages for each year before the Kent
11 Plus Test was introduced from 1980 onwards.

Yours faithfully,

Kevin Brant

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Kent County Council

18 February 2011

Dear Mr Brant,

Thank you for your email below.

Kent County Council acknowledges your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Assuming KCC holds this information, we
will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no later
than 18th March 2011 (20 working days from date of receipt).

We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/11/0273 - in any
communication regarding this particular request.

Best regards

Corporate Access to Information Team, Chief Executive's Department
Kent County Council, Legal & Democratic Services, Room B.48, Sessions
House, County Hall, Maidstone. ME14 1XQ.
Tel: 01622 696265 or 01622 694261 - Fax: 01622 696075
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/have...

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From: Kevin Brant

22 March 2011

Dear Kent County Council,

I am writing with regard to my letter of 18 February and yours of
the same day (Your ref: FOI/11/0273). In your letter you state that
I should have a reply to my queries by 18 March, in compliance with
FOI law. But to date I have not had a reply. I would be grateful
for an answer as soon as possible please.

Yours faithfully,

Kevin Brant

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Kent County Council

22 March 2011


Attachment FOI 11 0273 Offers made to Dart Grammars 2007 11.xls
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Dear Mr Brant

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. Please accept my sincere apologies for the delay
in sending this information to you. I appreciate we have not complied with
statutory timescales on this occasion.

We cannot give you answers to the precise questions you have asked, but
hope the information supplied in the attached spreadsheet will still be of
interest to you. The spreadsheet gives the number of children offered
places at the four grammar schools in the Dartford Borough 2007-2011 on
national offer day. 2007 is the year when these schools returned to using
Kent's 11+ as their assessment mechanism for admissions.

We cannot reliably identify which of the successful applicants were
resident in the Borough or in Dartford itself when they applied. This is
not immediately apparent from the address information provided by the
parent and our department does not collect or hold council tax information
for applicants. We provide certain data from application forms and the
assessment process together with straight line distance measurements to
allow the schools to prioritise their list of applicants according to
their published admission criteria.

We should, however, be able to trace the postcodes of all children offered
places in these years, as they are provided to each school before the
offer day (so that they can post out welcome packs). If you would like us
to extract a list of postcodes associated with the places offered over
this period we can provide it, but would need to treat it as a new FOI
request.

Admission to the Dartford and Wilmington grammar schools was determined by
reference to Kent's 11+ tests from the 1980s to a point in the 1990s when
the schools took on Grant Maintained status, but we no longer hold 11+
records from this far back. The Admissions function has been co-ordinated
from County Hall since 2004, which is when our current records begin, but
there was a period of time from the mid 1990s to 2006 inclusive when these
grammar schools operated their own assessment process as a consortium. If
there are still records relating to this period, the schools themselves
(rather than the County Council) will hold them.

If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/have...
on our website. Please quote reference FOI/11/0273.

If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner's website
[2]http://www.ico.gov.uk/complaints/freedom...

Regards

Michelle Hunt
Access to Information Co-ordinator
Information Governance
Children, Families & Education Directorate
Kent County Council
Room 2.71, Sessions House
Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ
External: 01622 696692
Internal: 7000 6692
Email: [3][email address]

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From: Kevin Brant

18 April 2011

Dear Ms Hunt,

Thank you for your reply to my FOI request (ref FOI/11/0273) and
your offer to provide me with a list of postcodes of children
offered places at Dartford Borough's Grammar Schools between 2007
and 2011. Please could you kindly send me this list showing numbers
of children listed under each postcode for this timeframe. I
understand that you will need to treat this as a separate FOI
request

Yours sincerely,

Kevin Brant

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Kent County Council

18 April 2011

Dear Mr Brant

Thank you for your email.

Kent County Council acknowledges your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Assuming KCC holds this information, we
will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no
later than 20 May 2011 (20 working days from date of receipt).

We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this
information or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs
for providing the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/11/0572
- in any communication regarding this particular request.

Best regards

Michelle Hunt
Access to Information Co-ordinator
Information Resilience & Transparency
Business Strategy and Support
Room 2.71, Sessions House
Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ
External: 01622 696692
Internal: 7000 6692
Email: [email address]

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From: Kevin Brant

23 May 2011

Dear Ms Hunt,

I have still not received a response to my Freedom of Information
request, FOI/11/0572. I understand I was to receive a reply by 20
May. I would be grateful for your response as soon as possible
please.

Yours sincerely,

Kevin Brant

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Kent County Council

24 May 2011


Attachment FOI 11 0273.xls
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Dear Mr Brant

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

The data requested is attached and has been taken from the offer day files
sent to the 4 schools in each year.

If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/have...
on our website. Please quote reference FOI/11/0572.

If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner's website
[2]http://www.ico.gov.uk/complaints/freedom....

Regards

Best regards

Michelle Hunt
Access to Information Co-ordinator
Information Resilience & Transparency
Business Strategy and Support
Governance & Law
Room 2.71, Sessions House
Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ
External: 01622 696692
Internal: 7000 6692
Email: [email address]

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