Academy rules to stay

PUBLISHED: 17:47 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:26 25 August 2010

AN APPEAL to change the admissions policy of a newly opened academy has been rejected.

AN APPEAL to change the admissions policy of a newly opened academy has been rejected.

Derek Conway, MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup, was told that there will be no change to the entrance requirements at the Harris Academy Falconwood, in The Green, Welling.

The MP wrote to Education Minister Jim Knight in August to seek clarification on the school's siblings policy, which gives priority places to Bexley children.

He said: "I very much support this new Academy and remain hopeful that it will provide an excellent education for children from the local community.

"If they are squeezed out by pupils with a higher academic ability from farther afield, then that would be a very poor start."

A response from the current Education Minister, Lord Adonis, told Mr Conway that the admissions code for the academy was within government guidelines. The academy opened on September 1 in the former Westwood College site. A new complex is due to be constructed by 2011.

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