Appeals at top school under fire yet again
A TOP Tunbridge Wells grammar school is being investigated over its appeals procedure for the fifth year in a row.
The Local Government Ombudsman has been looking into complaints of maladministration at The Skinners' School.
The school has been accused of bungling the appeals process involving parents whose children passed the 11-plus but were turned away by the ruling panel.
The chairman of governors has this week denied claims the school refused the ombudsman's recommendation to hold fresh appeals after it initially sent out the wrong paperwork for the September 2011 intake.
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The ombudsman cannot force Skinners' to hold fresh appeals, but it can issue a public report in a "name and shame" tactic. The Courier understands such a report is imminent.
The school, whose head teacher is Simon Everson, was accused of sending out 2010's paperwork in an administrative error and of not giving panel members students' 11-plus scores.
In each of the past four academic years, the ombudsman has upheld complaints over the school's appeals process.
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