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why do people put babies' names down at schools?

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nappyaddict Wed 10-Sep-08 16:54:19

i thought it didn't make a difference how early you put their name down? it's not a first come first served type of thing is it? don't they wait until about march before they even look at the forms for september?

Overmydeadbody Wed 10-Sep-08 16:56:07

Names are put down for public schools daahlin

nappyaddict Wed 10-Sep-08 17:00:10

no these are state schools i'm talking about. weird if you ask me.

Overmydeadbody Wed 10-Sep-08 17:01:45

very wierd. I'm pretty sure it makes no difference if a state school (as in, you aren't more likely to get in by puting your baby's name down) but I could be wrong

lulumama Wed 10-Sep-08 17:02:39

you can;t put a child's name down for a state school.. i;e apply for a place, until they are two years old...

nailpolish Wed 10-Sep-08 17:03:19

i fyou can 'put your babys name down' then it must make a difference

if it didnt the school wouldnt have a system for putting names down

nappyaddict Wed 10-Sep-08 17:03:46

these children must be about 2/2.5. they are ds' class at preschool and i think they are grouped by age.

poppy34 Wed 10-Sep-08 17:06:04

really -for state school? just shows how naive I am as thought it was all done year before

Fimbo Wed 10-Sep-08 17:06:55

My ds's name was down when he was 10 days old! Purely because our school is oversubscribed every year for the nursery and reception.

They look at how long you have been on the list as well as siblings and distance.

nappyaddict Wed 10-Sep-08 17:07:29

is that a faith school fimbo?

CarGirl Wed 10-Sep-08 17:08:17

we put names down at a state school to ensure we received the information pack and application form from the LEA, although as of this year we can do it all on line.

ShrinkingViolet Wed 10-Sep-08 17:08:38

DD1s primary school kept a list of prospective pupils so that they knew who to invite to open days (and also so that parents of neglected subsequent children didn't forget to fill in the application forms blush)

Fimbo Wed 10-Sep-08 17:10:04

No, just an infant school.

nappyaddict Wed 10-Sep-08 17:12:00

naily - can you not put their name down before they are 2 for nursery aswell or just reception?

ForeverOptimistic Wed 10-Sep-08 17:22:25

It is just to ensure you get the information pack. Completely pointless as it will be sent to you by the LEA anyway.

mummyloveslucy Wed 10-Sep-08 18:41:20

My daughter is 3.5 and dosn't have her name down. I've just recieved a letter telling me to do it by the 15th october at latest.
I don't think it makes any difference.

nappyaddict Wed 10-Sep-08 18:45:05

will she be starting in jan then?

mummyloveslucy Wed 10-Sep-08 18:50:25

Yes, I think so. I'm going to see the school on tuesday, and I'll ask for the form then.

CostaRicanCod Wed 10-Sep-08 18:50:52

no idea
makes sod all diff in state sector here

chocolateshoes Wed 10-Sep-08 19:56:07

everyone round here does it asap for the local state primaries but I must admit I don't know why as we have the forms this week. I think its one of those things - one person mentions doing it and it panics all the others.

Aarrgghh Wed 10-Sep-08 19:58:15

same as Fimbo

Quattrocento Wed 10-Sep-08 19:59:04

Names down at birth? Surely that's only for the less academic boarding schools?

<snooty emoticon>

Hulababy Wed 10-Sep-08 20:04:10

Here in Sheffield you can't names down on waiting lists for state schools, until the correct time of application - Autumn before child is due to start.

You can put names down for private schools though. DD's name was down on two school lists from being a year old (we didnt have to pay for this.)

AbbeyA Wed 10-Sep-08 20:17:37

There is no point for state schools, it doesn't get you any advantage.

islandofsodor Wed 10-Sep-08 20:18:04

In Staffordshire it is a similar system. You either contact the school or the LEA to register to be sent an information pack which has to be sent back by a certain date the year they turn 3 for nursery admission and the year they turn 4 for school.

If you don't contactthem you are not sent a pack. I never received one for dd or ds.

I put dd's name down for independent school when she was 2 (they had only just announced they were opening a pre-prep and I put ds's name down the day dd started nursery when he was 6 months.

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