M100 Law offer statistics 2021

The request was refused by St John's College, Cambridge.

Dear St John's College, Cambridge,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I kindly request you to release the following information for the 2020-2021 UCAS application cycle:
The total number of applicants for the Law(M100) course at St John’s College, the number of applicants invited to interview, the interview and CLT(Cambridge law test) scores of successful applicants. And if possible please include the number of A*s achieved at GCSE for each successful applicant.

Yours faithfully,
James McClaren

Freedom of Information Officer, St John's College, Cambridge

Dear James McClaren,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request concerning M100 Law applications to St John’s College in application cycle 2020/21.

The information that is requested, insofar as it is held (noting that the current undergraduate application cycle is ongoing), is exempt under Section 36(2)(c) of the Freedom of Information Act because its disclosure would be likely to prejudice the conduct of public affairs, in this case the integrity of the College's applications and admissions process which form a fundamental part of its mission as an educational institution. (As the information requested is statistical in nature, the opinion of the qualified person did not need to be sought for this application of Section 36.)

The current undergraduate applications cycle is ongoing and applications are still being submitted and assessed. The College considers that the disclosure of detailed statistics about applications made within the current cycle would be likely to prejudice the notion of a fair and confidential admissions process whereby each applicant has the same information at their disposal and partial granular information is not disclosed to specific members of the public while the process is ongoing.

As this is a qualified exemption, the College has considered whether, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. The College considers that, while some people might have an understandable private interest in these statistics, there is no genuine public interest in them when set against the extensive statistical information available about previous admission cycles published at https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.u..., coupled with the prevailing public interest in maintaining a level playing field in terms of the information available to all applicants.

For clarity the application cycle runs from applications opening in September to confirmation decisions in August. For example, the 2020/21 application cycle runs from the opening of applications in September 2020 to confirmation in August 2021.

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.

Yours sincerely,

Communications Officer (Freedom of Information)
St John’s College
Registered Charity No. 1137428

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