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user1492556816 Wed 19-Apr-17 00:31:27

We live 30 meters away from the school and were uber confident we would get in but we did not! Hugely disappointed and wondering why, could it be that only siblings and children in care got through this year? Anybody could comment on acceptance success/failure this year? And what is the chance of getting in through waiting list or appeal? We didn't even have plan B how confident we were of getting in living next door.. shock thank you for any advice and detail sharing x

Mamabear12 Wed 19-Apr-17 08:05:25

It looks like a very popular school and it could just be you were very unlucky w many siblings this year and other people living closer. Last year distance was .1 of a mile. That being said I would call the borough admission team to find out if they made a mistake as you live so close. And nothing is a sure thing so always have a plan B. Ask how the spots were allocated this year and find out what was furtherst distance or child admitted. If they made a mistake you can apeal for sure. Keep us updated.

Mamabear12 Wed 19-Apr-17 08:07:05

Also find out what number you are on waiting list.

EduCated Wed 19-Apr-17 10:34:25

Find out which criteria it were considered under and check that it is what you were expecting. If it was under distance, check that it is correct, although bear in mind that they measure to a specific point, which could be the middle of the school rather than the front gate, which could make it different to what you expect. That said, if they've got you down as a couple of miles away that would be a clear mistake!

Also check that you are on the waiting list, and what position you are on it.

PatriciaHolm Wed 19-Apr-17 10:54:54

I would definitely double check the distance they have used for you. Whilst Bousfield is indeed a school much in demand, it's admissions area went out to around 300 metres (0.192 of a mile) last year so if you do live 30 metres (in a straight line) away that seems a large swing; do you know if the school has had bulge years in the past? Sometimes they can skew results by providing significantly more siblings a couple of years later and if the PAN has gone down again this can mean a year being very sibling heavy.

user1492556816 Wed 19-Apr-17 18:38:47

Thank you for your words of advice lovely ladies! Clearly my measuring skills were way off the scale. Official distance from us is 0.129 miles and furthest offer is 0.128, quite extraordinary considering 5-year historical average is at about 1.92.. lots of learning today thanks to you and the LA. Waiting list is a hope. Just curious if going through appeal is worth it.. we are closer by walking distance than redcliffe square friends who got accepted because we are all measured by crow flight rather than walking, how inconvenient having to fly to school!! Will appealing upset lovely LA to struck us off the waiting list? X

EduCated Wed 19-Apr-17 19:38:56

The LA can't strike you off the waiting list smile others know far more than me, but if the intake is 30 (or a multiple thereof) then Infant Class Size rules make it almost impossible - essentially infant classes cannot go over 30, and an appeal for such a class will only be successful if a mistake has been made in admissions.

If you are only just over the last admitted distance then you should be high on the waiting list.

unfortunateevents Wed 19-Apr-17 19:50:36

You don't seem to have any grounds to appeal though? What would you be planning on saying in your appeal document? The fact that you are closer by walking distance than some other people who got accepted is irrelevant as that is not how this school measure distance and all applicants have been measured using the same criteria so no mistake has been made. You do seem to have just missed the cut off though so must be very high on the waiting list. Do you have any sense of whether most people accept their place or is it an area where some people may have applied as a back-up but will ultimately be accepting a private school place?

Lalalandfill Wed 19-Apr-17 20:30:32

You will get a place, lots of families will go private and are just holding on to Bousfield for the sake of it. Annoying for you, though

sanam2010 Wed 19-Apr-17 21:53:58

you will be fine, you should get a place by the summer as many kids in that area go private. I know many who turned down Bousfield for a private school. The waiting list moves and it sounds like you are just behind the cut off.

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