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miiii Fri 09-Mar-18 19:44:45

I have been allocated a school place I am unhappy with . I have found out a few of my waiting list position's. Just wanted to know previous experiences of waiting lists and what are the chance of being offered a place.

I'm 233 on kingsdale Foundation school
I'm 82 for Chestnut Grove.

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ReinettePompadour Fri 09-Mar-18 19:52:17

I'm not in your area but my friends dc was 49th last year and got offered a place a few days before the start of term and another friends 28th and also got a place. We are currently 49th up from 65th on offer day. Im hopeful we will keep moving in the right direction.

AveEldon Fri 09-Mar-18 19:56:42

I would say you have no chance of getting either school

PettsWoodParadise Fri 09-Mar-18 20:09:45

In our area it depends on the popularity of the school and the size of the intake as to how much waiting lists move. Looking at Chestnut Grove on the web of the 180 places 30 are based on art ability and 30 on MFL ability and the remainder of 120 are non ability places so whichever category you are in being 82 on the list isn’t that brilliant. Sorry.

You can ask to go on the waiting list of other schools even if you hadn’t put them on your original CAF.

Hersetta427 Fri 09-Mar-18 22:14:41

I agree and would say you have a virtually non existent chance of a place. Are there any other schools you can join the waiting list of before 2nd allocation day.

DevilsDoorbell Fri 09-Mar-18 22:16:29

Which school have you been offered. Maybe someone on here can give you some positive views

ReelingLush18 Sat 10-Mar-18 08:47:48

Last year DD got her third choice school. She was 44th for her second choice and 110th for her first choice. We were offered her second choice a couple of days before the end of the summer term (but declined it as we felt it was too late to be getting her used to a different school). She was still 89th on the W/L for first choice school in December (of Year 7). So we took her off it.

It seems unlikely that you will get either of your preferred choices, from those waiting list positions, as both of those schools are very popular choices.

TammyWhyNot Sat 10-Mar-18 09:12:47

What school have you been offered? Are there other nearby schools you can now get on the waiting list for?

It looks as if you have been looking at the lottery / aptitude places.

Hera2018 Sat 10-Mar-18 11:49:51

Which borough are you in? There’s some useful discussions on the East Dulwich Forum about secondary school places and Kingsdale allocations, with the Southwark admissions officer giving helpful advice. The Kingsdale admissions system is so complicated it’s very difficult to say - as well as the waiting list there is the banding, and the music and sports scholarships.

Arkestra Sat 10-Mar-18 19:47:05

Chestnut Grove I can at least point you in the direction of information for, so you can get a good idea of your chances.

It's down to how many places there are for your childs band (A-E) as offer distances fluctuate a lot depending on siblings.

Distances for 2013-2017 are in this document:

For March 2018 see:

If the waiting list is for your child's specific band, then being 82nd is not great I'm afraid. After sibling and art/language places, there are less than 20 places to offer for each band.

Arkestra Sat 10-Mar-18 19:56:53

Burntwood is OK and has historically offered out to 4km distance and more, if that's any good to the OP. Is single sex (girls) though.

punithasudhagar Mon 12-Mar-18 09:23:03

Looking for Surrey secondary schools for boys Wilson, Wallington and tiffin. Which place is best to live?

ReelingLush18 Mon 12-Mar-18 09:32:19

I think the 'banding' system makes the waiting list issue much more complicated. FWIW DD's first choice secondary school operated selection (not academic) and banding. She started off at 110th (or something similar). Even when we took her off the WL at the end of December she was still only 89th.

Sometimes you just have to be realistic about what you are offered.
In an ideal world we all want our DC to go to the 'best' school but for most (particularly in London) it's not necessarily going to happen.

Of the six we put on DD's CAF, only one (the local comp) was a 'dead cert'. If we hadn't included that one we may well have received no offers on 1 March. That was always my worry.

ReelingLush18 Mon 12-Mar-18 09:34:09

punithasudhagar you would be better off starting a new thread for your query (as it's not really directly related to the subject matter of this one). Also, if you plot schools on a map of SW London you will see which areas would be best to live, based on what your budget is.

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