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Primary Waiting Lists - Please give me hope!

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charltonchick Tue 10-Sep-13 10:03:42

Does anyone ever leave schools in the autumn? DC is number 1 on the waiting list for Y3. School is outstanding and really fantastic so can't see anyone leaving unless they move out of the area. There are 96 in the year. Anyone got similar experience/a crystal ball???

meditrina Tue 10-Sep-13 10:07:39

Balls are usually hairy, not crystal!

There may have been no shows at the start of term, though, and they need to check the family's intentions before removing a place and reordering it. This can take a while (4-6 weeks (?) to make all reasonable efforts - can be quicker if a family responds promptly) so there may still be hope.

charltonchick Tue 10-Sep-13 10:10:50

I've checked with the school. All of them turned up - aaaggghhhh!!!!

tiggytape Tue 10-Sep-13 10:18:56

There can be movement. Families can't apply for schools in a new area until they actually live there so, even if one family fully intends to move by Christmas, they'd still need to keep this school place until the sale was agreed, they'd moved house and had proof of address for the new place. They aren't hogging the space on purpose - they have no choice but to accept it and attend until any planned house move is complete even if that means a few weeks at one school before moving to another.

There may be others in your situation too - waiting to hear about another school's list and ready to move the instant they get that letter and creating a vacancy when they leave.

There's just no way of knowing really. With 96 in the year, the odds are more in your favour than they would normally be. Is yours an area where people move around a lot for work or where people panic about state education in Year 3 and go private? Are there lots of other good schools that people might swap for?

charltonchick Tue 10-Sep-13 12:31:30

tiggytape - you are right that there is no way of knowing. I'm just impatient and in a strop that she's not got in when it's only 200metres up the road! Plus other child is at that school and doing 2 drop offs and pick ups is a stressful logistical nightmare. Our fault for moving to the area in the spring and having to do in-year applications. The school is the best in town so not much chance of swapping and I don't think people here have the money to go private.

TheContrastofWhiteonWhite Tue 10-Sep-13 13:09:10

Are you actually in Charlton SE London Charltonchick? If you are, I'd say that you are probably in an area of fairly high movement. People are always moving out of London for bigger houses, etc. Also, worries about teenagers in London, secondaries in the borough tend to drive people relocating in the junior years (not saying those fears are well founded BTW...) I'm sure someone go will sooner or later.

tiggytape Tue 10-Sep-13 13:10:00

charlton - you could also try an appeal. You have nothing to lose.
Year 3 classes are not restricted in size by law (although with 32 already per class it would be a struggle but not impossible)

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