AGGS catchment area, please help

(7 Posts)
meggie79 Fri 05-Feb-16 13:18:05

Hi all,
Having checked the aggs website it said 8miles in a straight line is within catchment, can someone please help me confirm this.

meggie79 Fri 05-Feb-16 13:27:46

It would really help me if someone explain how catchment vs merit works with aggs

PatriciaHolm Fri 05-Feb-16 14:24:48

Assuming you mean Altrincham.

Girls sit the test. If they pass (achieve the qualifying score) then they are eligible for admission.

If more girls pass than there are places, then places are awarded according to the admission criteria. First come looked after children, then those who live in catchment (the 8 miles radius circle) with sisters already at the school.

Then comes those who live in catchment with places awarded by distance from the school. So the girl who lives the nearest gets the first place, the second nearest gets the second...and so on. So it is entirely possible to be within the 8 miles, pass, but still not get a place because enough people all passed who live closer than you.

Does that help?

meggie79 Fri 05-Feb-16 15:14:10

Hi, thanks for your response.
Yes helps but what if say girl with 7miles has higher marks than girl with 6miles catchment but both passed?

PatriciaHolm Fri 05-Feb-16 16:07:49

Doesn't matter how high the scores are, as long as they score above the qualifying score they are treated the same. So in your example, if both passed, then the girl living at 6 miles out will get in before the girl living at 7 miles.

meggie79 Fri 05-Feb-16 17:25:50

Thanks for your help.

namechangedtoday15 Mon 08-Feb-16 11:24:48

I've posted on the local site - the furthest offer last year was 5.42 miles from the school (that's for girls who are not looked after or have a sibling) so the 8 mile catchment area is meaningless for most girls - you probably need to be no further than about 5 miles from the school.

As others have said, it makes no difference if your DD gets full marks (423) or the pass mark (334).

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