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elective c sections to get your kids a school place!

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albertson Mon 19-Feb-07 09:44:39

Look at this!

I know it's insane trying to get a prep school place in London but please! And that the headmistress actually admits she'd advise booking a c-section early in the month.
Oh. My.God

Booboobedoo Mon 19-Feb-07 09:48:03

I just don't know what to say.

eleusis Mon 19-Feb-07 09:52:45

This media hype at it's best (or should I say worst?). Like you are going to shift a section date by 3, 4 weeks just for school enttry. I can see pushing for a few days, but not a matter of weeks.

Although this reminds me of a conversation I recently had with a friend who is a primary school teacher and now pregnant with her third. The first one was an emergency section, and the second a VBAC.

Eleusis: So when are you due?
Friend: Sept. 02?
Eleusis: Oh goash. You just miss the school cut-oof. She he/she will be home for another year?
Friend: No. I'm asking for a section so it will be end of August.
Eleusis: Oh. So... that BVAC wasn't all it was cracked up to be?
Friend: NO!

mm22bys Mon 19-Feb-07 10:12:46

And look where it got Harry and William.....if that's as far as my sons got I'd be a bit peeved!

eleusis Mon 19-Feb-07 10:16:16

Let's face it. Harry and William could go wheverer Charles and Di wanted, regardless of birthdays.

lulumama Mon 19-Feb-07 10:20:07

sadly, i am not surprised

it has come to something when birth is scheduled to get the child into a school, 4 years down the line

foxinsocks Mon 19-Feb-07 10:21:47

“The clued-in father leaves the labour ward as soon as the baby arrives and provides us with a filled-out registration form.”

if dh had done that, I think I'd have belted him around the ears with a kipper

these people must live on a different planet to the rest of us

lulumama Mon 19-Feb-07 10:28:22

“I wouldn’t dream of advocating that a mother has a caesarean section, but if they know already that will happen, I advise them to book in early in the month, rather than later,” she said.

“I tell them if you have an option, don’t choose the 31st, have it on the 1st and call on the 2nd.” Parents are not allowed to book a place until the child is born.


so, have your baby a month early , and increase the risk of baby having respiratory difficulties , and various other possible complications, to increase the risk of getting into a school

that type of thinking is so beyond my remit....<<head explodes emoticon>>

paulaplumpbottom Mon 19-Feb-07 10:31:02

Good grief. What next.

PrincessPeaHead Mon 19-Feb-07 10:35:55

I phoned one of those schools in the article when ds1 was born. He was 3 weeks old and I said "I'd like to put him down please". They said "no I'm sorry, it isn't possible to register him now. We only accept newborns". "He IS a newborn!" says I. "No he isn't, he is three weeks old. Goodbye" says the woman and puts the phone down on me!!!!!

I was SO outraged that she said my lovely little snuffly 3 weeker wasn't a newborn I can't tell you!

And that was 6.5 years ago

Judy1234 Mon 19-Feb-07 10:38:02

But if the child is very clever it will pass exams for the schools you want at 7 and 11 anyway. It's the supposed social cache of some of these schools that the parents are after.

Obviously it's helpful that you know if you have a choice that having the C section on 31st not 1st means you get a place, though.

WideWebWitch Mon 19-Feb-07 10:39:34

lol at 3 weeks old being Too Late for a place!

PrincessPeaHead Mon 19-Feb-07 10:40:07

I don't think anyone ever accused wetherby boys of being very clever. and it is entry from 4. so I don't think your first sentence adds much really.

my criteria for applying was that it was within a couple of minutes walk from home, c'est tout

don't have any of this bollox in the country though, it is a peculiarly london thing.

CAMy Mon 19-Feb-07 12:20:20

I simply can't imagine how pushy those parents are going to be if they're even arranging the birth of their baby in connection with school admissions criteria

Wrong, wrong, wrong.

NuttyMuffins Mon 19-Feb-07 12:21:55

Bloody hell, the worlds gone mad.

OttergavebirthonValentines Mon 19-Feb-07 12:23:46

can someone link please!

CristinaTheAstonishing Mon 19-Feb-07 12:29:25

PrincessPeaHead - it says in the article that there are clueless first time parents who phone up when their baby is 6 months old asking for a place. Oh, how they laugh (the school, obviously).

I was between bemused and disgusted by the article. It's a world away from me and my concerns. Imagine being so insecure that you need to assert yourself through the school your baby might go to in the future.

albertson Mon 19-Feb-07 12:29:50

Judy1234 Mon 19-Feb-07 13:11:51

But aren't we all as bad? Can anyone say there is nothing they do with their children because they think that is best for them? Is it any different? Is if different from moving to be near a better state school?

fortyplus Mon 19-Feb-07 13:14:01

You really can't see a difference?

Monkeytrousers Mon 19-Feb-07 13:17:05

But they'd be the youngest in the year. That's not a recipe for success.

My DS was born late September and I was really worried that he'd be going in this year but he isn't, therefore he'll be one of the oldest in the year rather than the youngest.

Monkeytrousers Mon 19-Feb-07 13:18:48


jampot Mon 19-Feb-07 13:24:07

my twin sister and I were born late at the end of August - imagine my parents sitting anxiously awaiting delivery of their precious package wondering whether we would get places at the school at the end of the road?

Dont know how they managed

jampot Mon 19-Feb-07 13:24:43

but worse than that imagine having twins at home for an extra year if we were born a couple of days later

Greensleeves Mon 19-Feb-07 13:28:34

lol monkeytrousers, I ve got boys 23 months apart in age - one born end of Sptember, one born mid-August, so they'll be one year apart at school! What a cock-up

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