Tuesday 24 September 2019

Aptitude testing

State secondary schools applications close on the 31st October 2019 for September 2020 onwards.

Many schools – especially academies and free schools – allow some pupils entrance based on aptitude, often in the arts or music – accompanied by a reference from their current school.

There does seem to be some leeway here for schools to cherry-pick students in a non-transparent way – based on subjective artistic judgement and a confidential report in to a student’s abilities.