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jbar Thu 05-Nov-09 11:11:39

Has anyone heard of putting your first choice school down knowing you won't get it so that they used the second choice as preference? thanks!

smee Thu 05-Nov-09 13:10:35

I don't get it? Am I being thick, but how does that work? fwiw, where we live it doesn't matter what order you put the schools down in. You get three choices, you order them in terms of preference (1st, 2nd, 3rd), but all three schools are asked if they have a place for your child. If all three do, you get offered the school which you put first. So it doesn't go against you if you put a school second or third iyswim. Might be worth checking where you are to see if it's the same.

UnquietDad Thu 05-Nov-09 13:13:10

Some authorities ask for order of preference and others don't.

But yes, I have heard of this being done at secondary level - where a school had a certain number of first-place allocations to give and a certain number of second-place, and people worked out that they were statistically more likely to get in on a second-place offer.

jbar Thu 05-Nov-09 23:31:12

thanks for your replies, yes its the same where we live you put 3 choices then they offer according to who has places etc.

Spoke to a friend who had a theory about putting your real first choice as your second as statistically this may work better. Bit odd! think I will stick to putting my choices in the normal order just thought it was worth asking if anyone else did this.

smee Fri 06-Nov-09 09:39:16

Sounds like you're right to ignore friend. Can't see how her logic works at all.

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