Can someone explain how 1st , 2nd 3rd choice works in regards to admission?(8 Posts)
No they are not allowed to that. If you don't get into choice one they will consider you for your second choice and so on.
Each school considers your application individually without knowing where they are on your preference list. They consider your application against their selection criteria (faith, siblings, distance, etc - whatever is applicable).
You may meet the selection criteria at more than one school. Each school notifies the Local Authority if you have been successful. The Local Authority then allocates you a place at the highest ranked school that offered you a place.
Schools don't know where you placed them on your preferences.
The school (if it is its own admission authority) or LEA considers all applications against its admissions criteria. There will therefore be a yes/no decision against each of the schools you applied for. The LEA passes back to you the offer from the highest-placed of your preferences. So (for example) if your 2nd, 4th and 5th preference schools can all offer you a place, it will be the offer from the 2nd preference school that you receive.
That's why it's important to lists the schools in your order of preference, but you don't get any extra priority for a particular school because you made it first preference (or any less priority for a school you placed further down the list).
So put the school you would really like as your first choice, and the closer good school second. And then any others in order of preference.
In London (not sure about other LAs) if you are offered a place at a school which is second or lower on your preference list you automatically go on the waiting list for all schools higher on your list.
All schools have to operate what is called the equal preference scheme. What that means is that the schools do not know what you have put on your preference form, only that you have expressed a preference for that school. For each school everybody that has expressed a preference for the school will be put in admission criteria order.
It is then for the Local Authority to take each of these individual ordered lists and decide which schools could offer a place based on how places are available at the school and where you are on the list. The equal preference bit comes because up to now all schools preferences are considered equal. However if after all the work has been completed, you could be offered a place at two schools then the single offer you will get will be the one that is highest on your preference order.
So you can put down your desired school as first preference and if you are high enough on the admission criteria order you will be offered a place. If you put down your local school as second preference then that is the safest choice and you will probably get an offer for this school if you cannot be offered a place at your desired school.
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