Selective Catholic Schools

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Selective Catholic Schools were secondary-level institutions that existed in England before the turn of the millennium. Only The London Oratory School in Fulham continued to select its intake up until 2006 with the use of parent & pupil interviews; to this day it selects a small portion of its intake based on Musical Aptitude.

These schools were (particularly during the 1980s and 1990s) extremely controversial and received many complaints about social selectivity and bias towards middle class candidates and their parents. The John Fisher School in Purley for example had a more complex admissions procedure than many neighouring private schools.

In 1999 the then Labour government put a ban on pupil selection by interview and many of the ancillary processes these schools used to determine their intake. By introducing a points system see Catholic points-based admission school they have managed to maintain similarly high standards before the end of selection.

Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School and The London Oratory School are famous for selecting and subsequently educating the sons of many politicians; including all 4 of Tony Blair's sons and his daughter in the sixth-form.