Reserve list for 7+ entry 2013

(46 Posts)
Touchlinedad Fri 01-Feb-13 10:46:10

My DS (first time I've ever used that title but it seems the norm here) has just managed to get on to the waiting list at Colet Court for 7+ entry.

I must have read and re-read LondonStressedMummy's thread from this time last year a hundred times in the last few days. LondonStressedMummy_Waiting_List_Thread_2012

Is there anyone out there going through the same torture and dreaming of multiple offer holders preferring WUS or Kings or somewhere else? Do all those that were interviewed get put on the waiting list or have they reduced the numbers at all?

He's at a prep which goes through to 13 and really happy there so we only entered for CC as DW (again a typing first!) and I would love him to go there and believe that he will thrive there.

Primafacie Fri 01-Feb-13 11:36:46

Hi touchlinedad, I really feel for you. We are also on the waiting list for our preferred school, but at the 4+ entry. DD has an offer from another, equally good pre-prep, which we are very happy with, but the one we are on the waitlist for would be more convenient for us.

From what I have been told, not every applicant gets put on the waiting list, as schools only waitlist children who meet their "minimum standard" following the assessments - so well done to your DS for getting to that stage.

Trying to find out where you are on the list is like trying to get blood from a stone. We have only been told that DD is "not top of the list, but not very far off". However, the school also admitted that they over-offer slightly, so even though some will receive and decline offers, they may never even get to the waiting list.

Good luck, and let us know if you manage to get that elusive place.

Touchlinedad Fri 01-Feb-13 12:06:21

I absolutely don't expect to find out where we are on any waiting list but am dreading the thought of them having over-offered.

Good luck with your own wait.

Pdot Fri 01-Feb-13 16:32:38

Hi Touchlinedad. There definitely are parents out there who will be holding more than one offer while they decide. I have a friend whose son last year was offered CC and KCJS for 7+ and they went for KCJS in the end. Keep heart - some children do get in from the reserve lists. This whole 7+ business is a stressful time but we are all in it together!

Touchlinedad Fri 01-Feb-13 21:19:31

Thanks Pdot - are you involved too ?

Pdot Fri 01-Feb-13 21:29:02

Yep. We applied to only KCJS for our DS for 7+ (as we just loved it when we looked round and felt that it was totally the right school for him) and had the letter yesterday offering him a place so we are obviously chuffed.
Have friends though who are in a similar position to you (different school to you) and so I totally get how frustrating it is.

londonstressedmummy Sat 02-Feb-13 11:53:01

Dear touchline I totally feel for you, we'll done to your ds for getting so far! The waiting is terrible and its horrible being in limbo but at least it's not Ab end to your journey and you still have hope. They definitely don't tell you where you are on the list( I asked last year) and it might help to let them know that it's your first choice and you'll definitely take it if you get it. Other than that I don't know anything that will help I'm afraid. Only that we're proof that it can all work out in the end. There really is just a mark in it between the definites and the waiting lists so at least you can take heart in knowing your ds is of CC standard and you can still try next yearsmile good luck!

CaringMom Sun 03-Feb-13 07:59:18

Is anyone holding more than one place at 8+ entry for WUS / CC / KCS ? Just wondered what chances were on reserve lists this year. Very anxious as possibility may come up this week !!

andsowewait Sun 03-Feb-13 10:09:27

The waiting is excruciating isn't it, and hard to manage DC expectations. We are on the reserve list for our first choice and the not knowing whether it will come to anything is really hard!

WesterlyDad Sun 03-Feb-13 15:55:52

Also on the reserve for 8+ at CC, the only place we applied for. Haven't told DS anything as we don't want him to carry the strain of it. Does anyone know how big the list is? Or, indeed, is this the note sent to all the kids not offered places? Best of luck, Touchline.

CaringMom Sun 03-Feb-13 16:23:42

Apparently the reserve lists are quite short. Definitely the letter is not sent to everyone. The waiting is so hard.

Turniphead1 Sun 03-Feb-13 19:00:23

I know a couple of boys at least that hold CC offers plus 4 others (the mind boggles .... I was shattered just doing two schools) so I think there is definitely some good movement.

Good luck!

sassyjems Mon 04-Feb-13 10:21:07

CaringMom and WesterlyDad -Just turned down Colet Court 8+ place and accepted Kings for my son. Hopefully you will have some goods news soon

WesterlyDad Mon 04-Feb-13 11:35:14

Thanks all. Best of luck, Sassyjems.

Bigbangbong Mon 04-Feb-13 12:09:10

Ditto - CaringMom and WesterlyDad. We won't know till Thursday which seems an eternity.

Does anyone know if the schools make their way down the reserve list as and when firm offers are declined? Or do they wait till Thursday and then call boys on the reserve list?

WesterlyDad Wed 06-Feb-13 07:29:14

Bigbangbong, I'd like to know that too. Of course, if it's one at a time, no one who's waiting can post that on a public board. Can you send an internal message on this board? Or if someone from a previous year knows the answer, perhaps they can post.

If such offers aren't made, best of luck everyone for tomorrow.

CaseyShraeger Wed 06-Feb-13 07:47:43

Last year Colet Court actually went below their reserve list for 7+ and offered at least one place to a boy who'd initially had a plain "No thanks, but please try again next year". That was a bit later on, though (later in the spring term, I think). So hold your nerve...

CaseyShraeger Wed 06-Feb-13 07:50:19

KCJS definitely make their way down the reserve list as and when offers are declined - I know someone last year who had the "you're on the reserve list" letter and the "Ah, well, actually..." phone call on the same day. I don't know about CC.

londonstressedmummy Wed 06-Feb-13 09:28:45

Casey are you sure that was this year for Colet as my son got in at 7+ and some of his friends on the reserve didn't get in so i think it may be a rumour. We got in off the reserve list though so there is definitely hope!

CaseyShraeger Wed 06-Feb-13 09:44:58

It was 7+ entry this time last year (i.e. boys who are currently in Y3). I am not absolutely 100% stake-my-life-on-it positive that he was definitely not on the reserve list, I suppose -- when I was talking to his mother about their options after the initial results were out but before he got a place I definitely had the very strong impression that he'd just been turned down (she was talking about some specific stuff they'd said in the letter, and it would have been very odd not to have mentioned the "reserve list" bit at that point -- and we were discussing the merits of turning down the place he had been offered at School X in favour of trying again for 8+ at CC this year, so again if he had been on the reserve list at CC that would have been highly relevant to mention) but she didn't say in unequivocal words of one or two syllables "he is not on the reserve list".

Also it might have been later, in the summer term, that he was offered a place -- not sure of the exact timing. Perhaps by the time the place actually came open everyone left on the reserve list had made other arrangements? Otherwise it's very odd.

WesterlyDad Thu 07-Feb-13 09:50:28

We were offered a place. And I know a couple of other places opened up as well. Best of luck to everyone. Thanks for all the help.

londonstressedmummy Thu 07-Feb-13 12:43:10

Congratulations Westerlydad!! It's an amazing place your ds will love it smile

Touchlinedad Thu 07-Feb-13 14:26:13

Well done those that got in - CC only had a few not accepting at 7+ and 8+ and they do go through in a strict order - words fresh from the school. Sadly we're not one of them so it's back again next year for 8+.

middlesqueezed Thu 07-Feb-13 18:09:48

Touchlinedad congratulations on your DS getting so far, commiserations on not getting a tiny bit further and good luck for next year. I don't know CC, but at WUS there are regularly boys who don't quite get in at 7+ but do at 8+. The suggestion is that it's down to boys especially maturing at different ages so that some who are not quite ready now will be in another year.

Turniphead1 Thu 07-Feb-13 18:55:48

We've declined our WUS place so hope that makes someone very happy. Good luck to those waiting.

Touchlinedad Fri 08-Feb-13 15:14:14

Just got a call saying we're in. Whoever it was that declined their place - I could kiss them smile Off to tell the little fruit the good news after having to let him down gently last night. DelightedTouchlineDad signing off.

TCSW Fri 08-Feb-13 18:03:54

Think it was us as we got through to them shortly before your post and declined the place - very fortunate to have had another place elsewhere. My DH (first time I've ever used the title either) says he is looking forward to the kiss...! Glad everything worked out so well.

MrsSalvoMontalbano Fri 08-Feb-13 18:12:39

TLD - welcome to CC - fab school, have two DC, one now @ StP from CC and one at CC, and your DS is set for a wonderful experience!

londonstressedmummy Fri 08-Feb-13 21:59:51

Congrats touchlinedad. It was meant to be the bonus if getting do close to not making it is you appreciate being there even more...if that's possible. You're ds will love it there it really is the most amazing place smile

Touchlinedad Sat 09-Feb-13 02:10:32

TCSW - presume you're delighted where your DS has got in. My little soldier is absolutely thrilled as despite taking the setback news well last night he was more than a bit gutted having set his heart on being a CC boy. Admirably, and in probably the same response as many at schools that generally go through to the 13+, he is now concerned that he is going to miss his old friends.

With regards to doing my bit around my original Mumsnet post the lesson as so well reiterated by LondonStressedMummy is that at CC :
the waiting list is real;
they don't stick everyone down on it after the interviews;
they have an order of preference and stick to it rigorously;
not everyone gets in from it (we were obviously incredibly lucky so no smugness here).

The thing to take away is that there are multiple posters who get in to CC/ WUS/ KCJS every year from the waiting lists. Don't slit your wrists (metaphorically) until the final closing phone call - refuse to mention fat ladies singing..

As before well done to everyone that got in to their chosen school and now that my DS2 is in, here's hoping for a strong CC rugby team smile

WesterlyDad Wed 13-Feb-13 07:09:02

Thanks again all for kind words and advice. DS too speaking about missing friends. He doesn't realise he's at the age of the diaspora - all his mates heading in different directions anyway.

That last week was difficult. Wasn't sure how to tell DS that he'd (reportedly) done v well in exam and (also reportedly) well in the interview and still that wasn't enough. Not sure how a child can process that.

Touchlinedad Wed 13-Feb-13 11:48:51

WesterleyDad - you're so right about the difficulty of explaining having done really well but still having just missed out to a little kid, especially when all those that apply to those sorts of schools* are bright little sparks and they're not used to academic knocks.

Thankfully a few others are leaving his prep either to ease the school run by going to their sster's co-ed school or to go to another "through" school so the sadness of leaving his little mates will be shared by others.

*fully expecting to get barracked for a phrase like that smile

Touchlinedad Thu 16-Jan-14 13:30:30

Good luck to those trying again or for the first time at 7+ or 8+. For those that end up in wait list hell I'm amazed how many of the little soldiers have come through that route.

I will add that no news can be a good thing. In our case we were probably a couple down the list so had to wait a while before the relieving phone call came through.

BobAli1 Wed 29-Jan-14 21:03:48

I know this is a dead thread but on the off chance... Does anyone know if there is a reserve list for nlcs?

Smalltoothbrush Wed 29-Jan-14 21:06:24

Yes, they offer 40 places and a few waiting list places. I know of at least one person last year who turned down NLCS for Habs.

Smalltoothbrush Wed 29-Jan-14 21:06:54

BTW I'm talking about 4+, just realised I'm on a 7+ thread!

BobAli1 Thu 30-Jan-14 13:15:45

Thank you smalltoothbrush!

Yes need info for 7+ ... But if they have a reserve list at that stage I am sure it would be at 7 too... I'll hold on to that hope!!

Smalltoothbrush Thu 30-Jan-14 14:01:16

They'd have to really - surely everyone is sitting for several schools so it would be unusual for every place to be taken up.

cheese2013 Sat 01-Feb-14 16:31:53

We're on the waiting list for CC 8+. Who is with us? Any ideas how long is the list?

Mama1Mia Sun 02-Feb-14 07:05:10

Cheese2013- We wanted to find out the same thing, but we are on the CC 7+ waiting list. Any one have any idea how long these lists normally are?

sunstoneeducation Mon 03-Feb-14 09:22:02

The CC lists for 7+ and 8+ are not too long at all and are in rank order. I personally know of at least two families at both 7+ and 8+ who will be turning down their places so there is hope! Well done on getting this far and best of luck!

Mama1Mia Mon 03-Feb-14 11:32:45

Sunstoneeducation- thanks for that piece of information. It's a bit of a relief to know that the lists are not too long.

rose12345 Mon 03-Feb-14 12:30:39

sunstoneeducation - by "not too long" (waiting list) do you mean 3-5 or up to 10 boys?

sunstoneeducation Mon 03-Feb-14 13:43:09

Closer to 10, if not more. However, you have to remember that a large number of boys who have been offered a place will also have at least one other offer from King's, WUS, Sussex House etc. Colet Court is not everybody's first choice. Quite a few boys on the reserve list get accepted into all of these schools so stay positive!

rose12345 Mon 03-Feb-14 14:05:08

thanks sunstoneeducation! do you know this for sure (lenth of reserve list)? will they tell what number we are ifI call them?

ThisIs40 Mon 03-Feb-14 15:01:48

We will be turning down our 7+ offers at Kings and WUS to take up CC, so a couple of families waiting for those schools will be very happy.

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