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Lucsy Fri 05-Feb-16 19:12:31

Anyone getting nervous? Happy with your preferences?

Really hoping we get the school we need for Dd and already dreading the almost inevitable appeal ( again, appealed last year for ds)

Anyone else starting to get a bit worried?

bobinsky Fri 05-Feb-16 19:31:23

We're in a lucky position to know where ds is going, but am worried for out of area friends. First time through this process and it's not easy!

littledrummergirl Fri 05-Feb-16 20:34:31

We are in the twilight zone for Dd. She is very happy whichever school she is allocated, I would prefer the grammar as it seems to match her personality perfectly.
I just want the bloody process over now, it's been a long year.
We put Dd choices in and immediately started thinking about sixth form for ds1.
I've drunk a lot of wine wink

Arkwright Fri 05-Feb-16 20:53:31

We are hoping for a sibling place for Dd. We had to appeal for our older one so are hoping we don't have to do that again.

I have been ok this time round. With Dd1 I got obsessed with it all.

I am watching a documentary on youtube called the Big School Lottery it is about Birmingham authority from a few years ago.

Lucsy Fri 05-Feb-16 21:05:19

We will be very very lucky to get the school we need for Dd
Single sex schools so no sibling policy as her brother is a boygrin

Last year was exhausting and stressful. I really don't want to appeal again, but realistically I know that's what will happen unless some miracle occurs

drivinmecrazy Sat 06-Feb-16 09:29:09

I am truly dreading it. Theoretically DD2 should get in being in catchment and sibling but it's still a long shot. School has two catchments, 'outlying' which is villages, and town catchment. I've recently found out that last year only a very few town catchment siblings got in during the initial offers round. I've been told that they did all get a place by September so maybe a long wait. It's a ridiculous situation in our town,;this is by far the best school with the other two being really very poor yet most of the town have no choice.

FairyDustDreamer Sat 06-Feb-16 14:05:59

I am interested in wording of everyone- School you 'need' rather than 'want'- interesting....
I have applied to catchment school and should be ok.
Like lot about school but few quibbles. Guess no school perfect!!

bobinsky Sat 06-Feb-16 15:58:38

Different situations for different people Fairy, unfortunately not everyone has a catchment school. Then throw in your local 'catchment school' being a religious one that you don't qualify for or a new Free School that has a lottery entry - then you are in the situation of my friend - having to try and apply out of catchment and crossing your fingers that you get a reasonable option given to you on 1st March.

FairyDustDreamer Sat 06-Feb-16 16:05:54

Understood bobinsky.
The religious school angle particularly irksome.
Also other examples you have given....

bibbitybobbityyhat Sat 06-Feb-16 16:08:26

I think its wrong that a sibling place should go to a family who had to appeal to get their first child in. In fact I think sibling places are completely wrong and irrational at secondary school.

PettsWoodParadise Sat 06-Feb-16 17:31:45

Our closest comprehensive is 1.4 miles away. It is OfSted outstanding and distance last year was 1 mile so no chance. We didn't even visit. However our closest secondary school, a superselective is just 1 mile away but it takes the highest scorers from a 9 mile radius. We are fortunate that we pretty much know DD will be going to the local SS based on previous scores but won't know for certain until 1 March. It would have to be a very freakish year for her to not get in. If DD hadn't passed 11+ we'd be looking at our 'catchment school' being the one that is two buses away and recently got a 'good' but seems to yoyo between that and RI and whilst seems to do great things with some groups of children just wouldn't have been a great fit for DD. After 3 lots of grammar tests, an Indie test, looking round 'catchment' schools that were no where near me I feel like I have immersed myself in a world of school applications that was more complex and time consuming than my maths, history, English and French GCSEs combined.

I am sad enough to have a countdown app on my 'phone that now says 23 days, 23 hours 29 minutes until we get it all in writing at 5pm on 1st March. I know. Sad.

Lucsy Sat 06-Feb-16 18:46:58

Yes I need the place at that school for my daughter
Yes I needed the place at the boys school for my son. We appealed and won because the LA didn't follow their admission policies correctly last year, and I don't think they have this year either with my daughter
It's very complex with multiple health conditions in ds, Dd and myself so yes we really do Need that school and it's not parental preference or whim

bobinsky Sat 06-Feb-16 18:58:31

My eldest passed the local grammar exam, I know the place has been given and we've accepted. The closest comp otherwise to us is in another catchment area although only 2 miles away - we wouldn't have a chance there. Our catchment comp is 8 miles in the other direction, but is a 'good' ofsted school and I was really impressed when we looked round it. Being in a semi-rural location we shouldn't have had a problem getting a place there. Only the Free School in the next catchment area offers places to siblings first that I know off. We live near the border of 3 catchment areas - but luckily on the right side for easy access to good high schools. My friend, as I said before, is not so lucky and she lives only half a mile away.

Floggingmolly Sat 06-Feb-16 19:01:24

Do health conditions really dictate which school you go to?

PettsWoodParadise Sat 06-Feb-16 19:03:27

Interesting to hear a grammar place can be accepted before 1 March. Is that state or an independent calling itself a grammar? I know some state regions are different but in the three grammar areas DD sat for whilst you get the results and can put a preference down on your CAF you can't accept until after 1 March.

PettsWoodParadise Sat 06-Feb-16 19:08:22

you ask Do health conditions really dictate which school you go to?

I had a friend whose DS had hearing impairment and one (happened to be fairly close anyway) school had a unit that specialised in support for those with hearing difficulty. Yes, it meant as he had a diagnosed condition so he went to the top of the list for that school. Another friend has a DD who has spina bifida and finds stairs a challenge - the school all on one level was huge attraction - yes she went to the top of the list. All seems fair to me.

bobinsky Sat 06-Feb-16 19:33:53

A state grammar here, it will be officially confirmed on the 1st March - they let you know 2 weeks after the exam in September if you've passed and a place will be available for your child, or if you're on the waiting list (and what position) or if you've failed and will not get a place. I quite like it as you know whether or not it is worthwhile using a choice on your application form. They even tell you up to which waiting list position gained a place on the previous year.

littledrummergirl Sat 06-Feb-16 23:11:24

We are in area with ds2 grammars. Dd passed but outside of the top 120 so we have to wait.
In our Area the ss will move those with pupil premium to the top of the list pushing others down. I don't know how this will affect Dd, I'm not taking anything for granted until I have the offer accepted and confirmed.
This is the third and last time though thank goodness (at least until sixth form). grin

Suffolkgirl1 Sun 07-Feb-16 09:20:59

I am currently waiting for secondary school allocation for DS2, sixth form offers for DD1, and University offers for DS1. So the stress levels in our house are horrendous!

NotEnoughTime Sun 07-Feb-16 09:56:25

Suffolkgirl1 shock rather you than me grin

Hope everyone gets what they and/or their DC want on allocation day smile

MyballsareSandy2015 Sun 07-Feb-16 10:09:00

Nerve wracking time. Dds birthdays is 1st March ... it wasn't the best birthday when we received the email saying they'd been allocated the school that no-one wants. Eventually got into local school, which is less than a mile away, on the waiting list by about May time I think.

Good luck!

TheWanderingUterus Sun 07-Feb-16 10:23:46

DD got a score that will get her a place at the local super selective grammar, but I don't feel like I can relax until I see it in black and white. The other option is our feeder secondary where all of her classmates are going.

I am not looking forward to doing this all again with DS in a few years.

Lucsy Sun 07-Feb-16 19:39:34

Suffolkgirl.
That sounds so so stressful

hornetgirl Sun 07-Feb-16 20:02:21

We will hear if DS has an offer from the brand new free School on 19th Feb, but we need to get our offer from the borough on 1st March as well. We still don't know if the new free school will actually open in September as they have not yet got planning permission for the temporary schoolrooms.

Very stressful time, DS passed 11+ out of borough but not in the top 140 so no place for him there. We have our hearts set on the new school now.

Suffolkgirl1 Sun 07-Feb-16 20:08:49

Yes, it is, although I am expecting spring exam time to be worse. Hopefully in September they will all being going to a school/uni they are happy with.

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