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Online Admissions form & catchment area confusion

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hatwearinghedgehog Fri 23-Sep-11 12:12:51

For the reasons for selecting school - do I tick the social box and put that her friends are going there? Or is it best to leave it blank. Will that make it look like I'm not that bothered in terms of my preference? (I most definitely am!) My kid attends a primary school in the catchment area of our preferred choice of secondary school, but the closest local primary to us, which isn't the one we attend, is linked to a different secondary school. Do authorities go by primary school catchment, or where you live? I'm a little confused sad

JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar Fri 23-Sep-11 14:32:28

I imagine it varies from LA to LA - have you read through the guidance information on your council's website?

Where we live, there are no feeder schools as such - which primary a child goes to has no bearing on which secondary school they're allocated.

prh47bridge Fri 23-Sep-11 19:20:48

The reasons you give have absolutely no bearing on the admissions process unless you can show that your child should be in a higher admissions category. Wanting to be with her friends won't make any difference.

For the second question you need to look at the information published by your local authority. That will tell you how they decide which children are admitted to each school.

CustardCake Fri 23-Sep-11 23:45:37

A few primary schools are feeder schools for some secondaries but it seems this is much less common than it once was. Most non church schools use siblings and distance as their entry criteria.

If you look on each school website, they should have an "admissions" link to click that will tell you what criteria they use. If not your council website will have a schools / children's page and from there you can look up local schools and their admission criteria (and if its distance they normally tell you the furthest distance that anyone lived who was offered a place at each school last year to give you a rough idea if you're close enough)

You can put any reason in the box but unless it is a very strong one then it doesn't change where you will be allocated (by strong reason I mean a special medical reason that only certain schools can deal with. Friendships and transport or childcare do not count as strong reasons unless your child has an anxiety disorder or similar that means she must stay with her friends)

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