What's the nearest primary school to West Bridgford that is not oversubscribed?

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birdhouseinmysoul Mon 11-Jan-16 11:09:53

I'm starting with an assumption that there is no school actually in WB that isn't oversubscribed - would be delighted to be told I'm wrong.

So, where do children go who fall in the 'no man's land' between catchments that have contracted through oversubscription?

We've applied for a reception place in Sep 2016 (online, so could still amend it) and I'd like to be able to follow the advice I read on a thread on the main board of: Use all your preferences in preference order, include your catchment school, include one 'dead cert banker' as a fall back. But there's no such thing as a 'dead cert banker' here is there? Just lots of over-subscribed schools.

So the reality is that if dd isn't offered a place at her catchment school, she won't be offered one at any of our four preferences, which are the feeders for our catchment secondary, as (as far as I know / can guess) they're all oversubscribed. Where then might a place be offered?

Does anyone have any insight or advice? Thank you.

LocalEditorNottingham Wed 13-Jan-16 21:05:50

We've given your question a few tweets. Here's an answer from the Twitter-sphere:

Accidental Purist ‏@AccidentlPurist:
@MNetNottingham @NottsCC Greythorn and Edmund Campion had space this year, following tough Ofsted reports.

‏@AccidentlPurist: Please also pass on that most local education professionals seem to think the Ofsteds were harsh; both are good schools.

@AccidentlPurist Really helpful, thanks - both appear to have made changes too. Maybe there won't be so much space this year...

@AccidentlPurist: Yes, quite. Also heard that Gamston Pierrepont may be forced to take in more children, as they (theoretically) have space.

‏@AccidentlPurist: (that's just talk, though - but most other WB schools are old and v tight for space, whereas they are relatively new build)

LocalEditorNottingham Wed 13-Jan-16 21:10:23

‏@AccidentlPurist: Pierrepont Gamston, rather - but here's the expansion story m.nottinghampost.com/Exciting-time-school-pound-2-3m-expansion/story-22920257-detail/story.html

Accidentalpurist1 Wed 13-Jan-16 21:22:52

Did someone want to talk further about this?

LocalEditorNottingham Wed 13-Jan-16 21:28:27

Welcome smile The OP might well do - any thoughts or advice very welcome.

Accidentalpurist1 Wed 13-Jan-16 21:49:08

It really, really depends on where the OP lives. I'm happy to offer anecdotal advice, based on the 2015 entry outcomes I know of, but am not an expert ...

birdhouseinmysoul Thu 14-Jan-16 20:39:41

Oh, thanks so much for these responses.

It does sound as though both those schools may be 'coming back up' and perhaps not so under-subscribed this year. Greythorn's results still don't look as impressive as other nearby schools. Maybe it will have some space for out of catchment children again this year, before its reports improve (assuming they will)?

I suppose what I'm really wondering is, if we're not offered a place at any of our preferred schools, how far away could we be sent? Does anyone know of examples of this happening and of children being given places outside WB? Where?

Accidentalpurist1 Thu 14-Jan-16 20:57:24

It all depends on where you are. If you're in WB, you'll get a place in a WB school. WB's not that big; you might travel a mile or so, but you'll still be in WB.
Greythorn and EC likely to have spaces this year. Mud sticks.

Accidentalpurist1 Thu 14-Jan-16 21:03:55

It depends which school you've put as your #1 preference. If you live next to Greythorn, but put Jesse Gray down as your #1, you won't get your #1.
I don't expect you to reveal your home address and school preferences online smile but - well, to state the obvious, your safest best is to pick the school closest to you. If you refuse that school, the council can place you anywhere reasonably local.
We have families dropping kids at schools, because they risked a non-catchment first choice (and lost).

Accidentalpurist1 Thu 14-Jan-16 21:04:08

*two schools

birdhouseinmysoul Thu 14-Jan-16 21:13:28

We'd love to get our closest school. The concern is that, if we don't, and our other three choices are oversubscribed too, we mightn't get any of them. Then what?

Very reassuring that you think we'd get something within WB. Also that some schools within WB might reasonably be regarded as 'dead certs', for fourth preference position.

Now to decide whether to make any tactical amendments to our application!

Thanks again.

Accidentalpurist1 Thu 14-Jan-16 23:29:10

I know it's a horrendously stressful time - I do sympathise. I think you'll be fine, actually. Sounds like you've been perfectly reasonable in your choices.
Good luck xx

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