As we have been arguing for a while on this site, you only have to look at the haphazard way Free Schools are being set up to see that the programme is going to cause chaos with the admissions' system -- and much else. Here's an interesting story from Bradford
, where the King's Science Academy
, a secondary free school due to open this September, is causing real problems with pupil admissions throughout the city. To quote from The Yorkshire Post
"Councillor Ralph Berry, Bradford Council’s executive member for children and young people’s services, has voiced fears that hundreds of children could be left without a place if they have only applied to the King’s Science Academy and up to 140 children could be withdrawn from other state secondary schools if they have been offered places elsewhere.
He said: “This uncertainty is creating chaos in the system. If local Government conducted our affairs in this way central Government would send in the boot boys. If we are to have free schools can we at least set them responsibly. I do not blame the proposer of the school – he has been put in this position by the Government."
There are many problems at the moment. The school is awaiting the final go-ahead from the DfE, it hasn't tested its prospective pupils in the "fair banding" tests it proposes to admit, and it isn't part of the Co-ordinated Admissions in the local area. One suspects that a great deal of "cherry picking" will go on in this first year. And, of course, fair banding only really works if the LA administers it. It's a dogs' breakfast quite frankly. Slip-shod, over-hasty, ill-conceived.
The King's Science Academy also appears to be causing further problems with primary schools in the area because it's proposing to have a "primary school" wing. This has caused consternation because there's capacity in the existing primary schools. See here