Is anyone else waiting to hear what primary school their child has got into?

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HobKnob Fri 05-Apr-13 09:11:02

I'm biting my nails off here!

choceyes Wed 10-Apr-13 10:52:42

TheOneWithTheHair - another one who finds out on the 15th, and I know we are in the same areaish smile

First DC here, and our first choice is 0.2miles away and outstanding rated. If DS gets in there, he will know quite a few other children as all my friends/neighbours have their DCs there.
Second choice is C0fE and also oustanding, and is 0.5miles away. DS wouldn't know anyone there, but I quite liked that school, so wouldn't be too unhappy. Also they get better SAT results than the first choice school.
Third choice is catholic and is good rated, and is literally at the end of our street, so the nearest school. Only "bad" thing is that it's catholic and DH is very against sending the DCs to a catholic school (we are aethist/buddist, and DH is a teacher at a catholic school). But I go to a playgroup there once a week with the DCs are the staff are so lovely and I know all the teachers really well. So from my POV it won't be a total disaster as I know that DS will be well looked after there.

So I'm not too nervous. Only 3 choices here though.

Good luck choceyes. Make sure you come back to say how you got on. smile

Barbabeau Wed 10-Apr-13 12:40:04

Where are you based Periwinkle? London people get 6 choices. I had assumed that was standard across England at the very least.

Yorkstar Wed 10-Apr-13 15:26:59

Another nervous first timer waiting here. We get 5 choice (Yorkshire) and iv used all my options. Hated our catchment school so have of course put down an outstanding school out of catchment (as I'm sure have the rest of the people who live near me with reception age children)! We find out on 16th. Debated waiting up but I won't sleep if its not good news plus as somebody up thread said the website will probably crash. I probably won't sleep anyway that night though!

Periwinkle007 Wed 10-Apr-13 16:23:15

Dorset. only 3 choices here.

We actually only put 2 this time as sibling for the Church school which is virtually next door to us and meet all criteria and our second choice is our catchment school which is less than 0.2 of a mile away. 3rd nearest is a different Church school we don't qualify for, then the other schools are all way oversubscribed anyway and we are too far to even be considered so no point.

I think you can get more than 3 choices if you are on the edge of 2 authorities so can apply for 3 with each.

I had just assumed everyone got 3. Can understand in London though as there are a lot more people and a lot more schools.

RaisingGirls Wed 10-Apr-13 22:25:48

we get 4 (rural)

Barbabeau Thu 11-Apr-13 06:39:26

Wow that's quite a lot of variation.

Six makes sense here as I've got 17 state primary schools within a mile (straight line measurement) of my house.

Barbabeau Thu 11-Apr-13 06:42:13

And should say that we've probably only got a realistic chance of getting into the one closest to our house, which is less than 0.1 miles. Next week can't come soon enough to put me out of the misery of waiting.

goodtoesnaughtytoes Thu 11-Apr-13 07:03:18

Find out on 16th (Greater Manchester). Put down all 6 choices but really want first or second choice. We get an email but we don't have to wait for the email, we can login to the online system to see the result. Nervous!

FuckThisShit Thu 11-Apr-13 08:16:01

Barbabeau are you in London perchance? I also have around 16/17 primaries within a mile or so.

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Thu 11-Apr-13 08:32:28

17th for us here too, sw London. we have a new school opening locally so no guarantees on what effect that will have on catchments. I'm hoping it'll work in our favour but who knows! confused

cece Thu 11-Apr-13 08:33:57

I think ours is out on the 17th. Not too worried as DS1 is at the linked Junior school (for admission purposes) so DS2 gets a sbling priority. But tbh if he gets any of the ones I put down I won't be bothered as they are all fine.... I have however not put any of my immediately nearest schools as they are all church schools and we are athiests.

This area I think the forthcoming reception is going to be massively full. The Nurseries are certainly very full.

FuckThisShit Thu 11-Apr-13 08:35:09

Ninja - I wonder if you're near me? We have two new ones - one attached to an oversubscribed secondary and another on B High Road. I think there's also another Free School opening too, but it's a faith one so not for us.

Barbabeau Thu 11-Apr-13 10:41:33

Yes in SE London in an area with growing number of young children and squeeze on school places.

Just checked my last address and it had 26 primary schools within a straight distance mile. We appear to have reduced the number of choices by moving.

FuckThisShit Thu 11-Apr-13 10:47:26

It's crazy isn't it?.

Choccyjules Thu 11-Apr-13 10:53:00

Another one waiting until early May here. Hoping to get into catchment school but if not the next nearest would be fine so trying not to fret.

TheNinjaGooseIsOnAMission Thu 11-Apr-13 10:59:37

fuckthis, not the same area but I doubt you're too far smile

Pyrrah Thu 11-Apr-13 12:05:03

Lozario - if you're in Southwark then waiting lists are being handled by the schools themselves now rather than via the LA, so just get on the phone to the school office asap.

Not sure what is happening in Lambeth/Lewisham.

My first choice is taking a bulge class for the first time this year so should be the best chance ever of getting a place as there will be comparatively very few siblings. Fingers crossed.

Lozario Thu 11-Apr-13 13:47:09

We're in Lambeth. Everyone I speak to say they're not bothered which school their child gets, as long as it's fairly local and isn't the one beginning with F!!!

RaisingGirls Thu 11-Apr-13 14:34:59

The problem is Lozario that the school beginning with F will just end up with all the people who didn't get any of their choices. We have a school beginning with P here which is the same. Nobody wants it and last year they only had 6 people apply for reception!

If we get it, we are going to appeal.

sportinguista Thu 11-Apr-13 16:21:27

Nervous as we find out tomorrow, I know DS will get a school, probably not our first choice but good chance of second or third and we put down our catchment as fourth so fairly safe. Some of the schools round here have expanded as there were some children without a place last year. Many of the schools are oversubscribed here none within distance to us seriously failing but some have become academies recently. At least I will know and can start planning for September though!

Barbabeau Thu 11-Apr-13 18:19:36

Lorenzo doesn't the one beginning with 'F' have a decent chance or turning itself around? If it is the one I'm thinking of, part of a bigger federation of schools? New building looks alright as well.

Good luck for the people finding out tomorrow.

Lozario Thu 11-Apr-13 21:03:24

Barbabeau yes that's the one, and you might be right... but no one seems to want to be the first parents to plump for it! However, I must say that the closer the day comes, weirdly the less I'm stressing. I think I've worried so much that I've actually bored myself out of worrying.

Nervous first timer here, feeling quite anxious now. We find out on the 16th.

We could list 3 preferences, we're in catchment for the one we listed first. But it is the best primary for miles and I won't relax until Tuesday. I regret our 3rd preference and I'm worrying DS might get placed there as it is the biggest and it's the one were kids get put from miles away if they don't get in their own catchment. I wish I'd never put it down now. I've also since heard lots of stories about people using GPs addresses to get in at the preferred school.

Fingers crossed for all of us.

aufaniae Fri 12-Apr-13 10:18:32

7 more days to wait for us. But also due to have a baby (EDD was yesterday!) so ever so slightly distracted, it'll be a busy/long 7 days I think grin

Good luck everyone smile

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