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waiting list question please.....

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imAbeardedLady Wed 01-Mar-17 22:46:28

Hello DD got second choice school, I know we have to accept but how does the waiting list work??
do we have to contact school? E admissions?.....
Is it 1st come 1st serve?
we are in a London Borough but border our first choice borough....
thanks in advance!

tiggytape Wed 01-Mar-17 23:12:55

Most areas add you to the waiting list of any school that you said you preferred more than the one you were offered automatically but it is always best to check.
You can contact admissions at the borough that you live in by email (not the borough that the school is located in). If the school is an academy, you will need to contact them direct.

It doesn't matter that the school is in a neighbouring borough. Admissions criteria use distance but not borough boundaries so you won't lose out on that.

And lists aren't first come, first served. They are held in strict accordance with the school's published admissions criteria. The only people above you on the list will be those who also want a place (even if they applied late) who meet the admissions criteria better than you do eg by living closer to the school than you do. As people are added to the list, they are placed in the correct position for how well they meet the criteria now the date they joined the list

Waiting lists usually start to move in a few weeks when people have replied about their offer and they continue to be in operation until at least Christmas.

tiggytape Wed 01-Mar-17 23:13:36

*not the date they joined

imAbeardedLady Thu 02-Mar-17 07:07:33

thank you tiggy. I will call the school and admissions today x

Peanutbutterrules Thu 02-Mar-17 08:29:18

We found that our first choice was really happy to talk to us on the phone about waiting list movement. I called a couple of times through the process and they were lovely and told us where we were on the list.

London does move a lot!

MagicMarkers Thu 02-Mar-17 08:35:40

The email should tell you whether you are automatically on the waiting list or if you have to contact the schools. Also the admissions section on your local council website will also tell you what happens with the waiting lists. This really isn't secret information.

In London you are automatically on the waiting list for higher ranked schools, but you have to apply to be on the waiting lists for lower ranked schools (this is for people who've changed their minds).

It certainly isn't "first come, first served". It's about how you fulfil the admissions criteria.

imAbeardedLady Thu 02-Mar-17 13:28:44

the application was made by dh so he has all the emails etc but he can't make calls etc at the moment as he is away!

tiggytape Thu 02-Mar-17 13:31:12

If he's not due back soon just call the council admissions team and / or each academy school yourself. There's nothing in the emails that were sent to your DH that you'd need to be able to quote to speak to them and you don't want to risk being added to any list so late that the list moves without you being on it.

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