M100 Law offer Statistics UCAS Cycle 2020-2021

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

Dear St John's College, Cambridge,

This request was previously denied but as the 2020-2021 UCAS cycle is now over 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 applicants whom received an offer.
If possible please also include the number of A*s/9s at GCSE each offer holder achieved and the number of A*s predicted/achieved at A-Level for each offer holder.

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 Law (ML100) applicants to St John’s College.

In accordance with the UK's Freedom of Information Act 2000 you will receive a response by no later than Wednesday 6th October.

Yours sincerely,

Communications Officer (Freedom of Information)
St John’s College
Cambridge
CB2 1TP
Registered Charity No. 1137428

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

Dear James McClaren,
 
Thank you for your further Freedom of Information request concerning Law
(M100) applications to St John’s College (the 'College') in application
cycle 2020/21.
 
In late August I was advised by the College's Admissions team that they
consider that this year the College's application cycle will finish at the
end of September. The deadline to meet offer conditions is 31 August but
in some cases results might only be available in September. The College
may also have some applicants who withdraw or change their entry year
before they start. For Freedom of Information response purposes we are
therefore now considering 30 September as the end of the cycle.
 
Consequently, the information that is requested, insofar as it is held, is
still 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
[1]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.
 
My apologies for any inconvenience caused by the change in procedure.
 
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
Cambridge
CB2 1TP
Registered Charity No. 1137428
 

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Dear Freedom of Information Officer,

Thank you very much for that clarification. I will therefore wait until October to make this request again

Yours sincerely,

James McClaren