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Survival Guide for Parents camping out overnight for a place for their kids.....

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KerryMum Sat 16-Aug-08 19:35:50

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Mercy Sat 16-Aug-08 19:40:25

Can you give a few details Kerry., I'm confused

lilyloo Sat 16-Aug-08 19:41:29

not sure what your asking ?

BreeVanderCampLGJ Sat 16-Aug-08 19:42:00

To use the Dublin vernacular....... WHA ??

KerryMum Sat 16-Aug-08 19:44:43

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KerryMum Sat 16-Aug-08 20:19:28

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lilyloo Sat 16-Aug-08 20:20:21

Sorry never done it do you really secure a place if you camp out ?

KerryMum Sat 16-Aug-08 20:22:40

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lilyloo Sat 16-Aug-08 20:25:12

I have never heard this and am shock i work in secondary school and cannot comprehend parents having to camp out for a place!

wheresthehamster Sat 16-Aug-08 20:26:00

You're joking of course.

Places are available on the basis of who's camped out the longest?

The local authority or whoever sanctions this should be strung up

KerryMum Sat 16-Aug-08 20:26:29

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lilyloo Sat 16-Aug-08 20:27:54

bloody hell shock

magentadreamer Sat 16-Aug-08 20:51:38

Jeeeeeeeez! That is outrageous! Having queued overnight many years ago for tickets to see a pop group I'd suggest a sleeping bag, something to sit on, a radio and a flask. I was with a mate so we took it in turns to go off to the loo. Hopefully you can get a friend to do a flask topping up/hot snack run for you as well as save your place in the queue. I just can't imagine people having to camp out in winter to get their child a school place! shock

twinsetandpearls Sat 16-Aug-08 21:03:06

Where is this. Another teacher here win has never heard of anything like this.

SqueakyPop Sat 16-Aug-08 21:03:47

Sounds like the Harrods sale and Wimbledon finals.

KerryMum Sat 16-Aug-08 21:06:40

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KerryMum Sat 16-Aug-08 21:07:55

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SqueakyPop Sat 16-Aug-08 21:10:04

I'm amazed that England doesn't have the worst selection system grin

ReallyTired Tue 19-Aug-08 18:31:26

That is a hideous system. What about siblings? Or children who need to attend a particular school for SEN reasons? Or do Ireland not care about kids in a wheelchair who need say a flat site school.

It makes things like the Brigton lottery relatively fair.

NL3 Tue 19-Aug-08 18:51:23

I am familiar with this, you park your car outside the school and sit in it, when the queue starts to form you get out of your car and wait in line, people bring deckchairs, coffee, sleeping bags etc. As you know it will be cold. Do you know anybody who lives near the school, maybe you could use their loo, the people next to you will keep your place. I think you will need to find a babysitter. Sometimes the school does give a ticket to the earlybirds and then you can go home. Awful system, they did it at my niece's school in Dublin for a while, now they simply draw lots...not sure which I prefer

NL3 Tue 19-Aug-08 18:53:10

oh just another thought, do you have a friend queuing? maybe you could do it in shifts?

Blu Tue 19-Aug-08 18:58:17

God, how awful!
Full-scale camping, I reckon.
Or - get a little pop-up tent, get established at the head of the queue, 48 hours before the doors open, sleeping bag, camping stove, the works.

But when night falls sneak home to look after boys, leaving tape recorder of light snoring / shivering playing inside tent and then get back just before dawn the next morning and slip into tent, to emerge victorious at front of queue.

MrsGuyOfGisbourne Wed 20-Aug-08 16:06:35

I heard about this for a prep school on Kensington and assumed it was just hype - but in RL?????
If you really have to do it, second the idea about parking the car, go with DH and if you can rope in a couple of teenagers who want to earn a few bob you could do shifts. Hoevere, this is an utterly insame method of allocation of places - can't you call upo the local paper (and/or Daily Mail) and raise an unholy stink about it?

KerryMum Thu 21-Aug-08 18:13:38

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Blu Thu 21-Aug-08 23:04:14

It seems very, vey wrong - schoolplaces should not be allocated like china in Harrods sale....have you (and other parents) made your view known through councillors or whichever level of elected body is responsible for this?

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