THERE are a number of inaccuracies in Aidan Jones's article of March 5 regarding the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School.
First, it is inaccurate to say that the school's governors have 'caved in to pressure' to change its admission arrangements. Determinations of the Schools Adjudicator are legally binding. No option of declining to implement the determination with respect to 2010 admissions was open to the governors. This includes the method of banding candidates for first form entry and the criteria for determining sixth form entry.
Second, it was not the Catholic Education Service (CES), but the Diocese of Westminster which referred the school to the adjudicator. The CES was not directly involved.
Third, arrangements for 2011 have not yet been determined. They are the subject of public consultation until March 19, and may be found by following the 'admissions' link on the school's website, www.cvms.co.uk.
Finally, it is a pity that, in editing my comments, you omitted a key point in what I said. The reason why we believed our arrangements to be 'clear, fair and objective within the meaning of the code' was that substantially the same arrangements had been the subject of scrutiny by the OSA in the summer of 2008 and no objection was raised at that time.
PATTI FORDYCE Chairman of Governors Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School