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hoxtonbabe Mon 11-Mar-19 21:34:54

A couple years ago MB was on the up and coming “one to watch list”, lots of parents singing it’s praises, however this year they did not fill their spaces which has made me wonder if things aren’t as rosy as before as I would have thought they would be heavily oversubscribed. confused

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JC4PMPLZ Tue 12-Mar-19 09:02:41

How do you know the places were unfilled?

Zinnia Tue 12-Mar-19 09:23:44

From Westminster's data, I presume. It is surprising. Did they not get into trouble over their admissions criteria a while back?

JC4PMPLZ Tue 12-Mar-19 10:42:52

they wanted to expand numbers, didn't they this year? Wonder if they expanded too far. Westminster ac too popular? Harris Academy SJW slurped up numbers. Not many in my DCs class put it down, as far as I know, which surprised me.

JC4PMPLZ Tue 12-Mar-19 10:45:49

It appears of this sad list....as does my offer....boo hoo.

www.westminster.gov.uk/sites/default/files/vacancies_and_short_waiting_lists_-_01.03.2019.pdf

Zinnia Tue 12-Mar-19 11:03:03

Oh that is a sad list... really not sure it's helpful of Westminster to put it online, it's like attaching a big red flag to all those schools.

JC4PMPLZ Tue 12-Mar-19 11:04:00

yes, that is what I thought! The schools no-one wants........

rightreckoner Tue 12-Mar-19 11:32:25

Hmmm. There was talk of behaviour problems and hoping for a new start on the new site. Shame if that’s not happening.

hoxtonbabe Tue 12-Mar-19 16:53:38

Hmmm. I did wonder if it was down to behaviour issues. I found out by calling and asking the admissions dept, I didn’t even realise that list existed. I’m also surprised they have all those schools listed for all to see. As already said, the schools no one wants

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Paddington68 Wed 13-Mar-19 06:58:06

Could it simply be that it has moved to Paddington?

Zinnia Wed 13-Mar-19 09:27:55

IIRC the admissions criteria always allowed for the move (ie distance wasn't measured from school buildings) and prioritised kids from Westminster primaries (which is surprising as that's the same policy as was ruled illegal when Camden tried it about 15 years ago but Marylebone is an academy so imagine different rules apply). The part of their admissions policy that was challenged related to the distance criteria I think... will see if I can find it!

Zinnia Wed 13-Mar-19 09:53:18

Here it is. MBS is a free school of course, not an academy. They did get in trouble for using all Westminster primaries as "feeder schools" and for how they administered the banding test.

After the adjudication the changed the admissions to 50% feeder schools/ 50% distance (after siblings etc). So maybe it's places available in particular bands?

Paddington68 Thu 14-Mar-19 06:50:24

From reading their admissions policy, they do band tests to ensure the school is inclusive. The adjudication seems to make their policy clearer. The complaint was by a member of the public, who clearly didn't understand why they use Marylebone Town Hall as the point to measure distance from.
Number of school children are changing as the threat of the B word looms. If you like the school go there if you don't don't. Simple.

rightreckoner Thu 14-Mar-19 07:21:18

I think this has been a bulge year though?

I hope it’s more your earlier point - that they’ve moved to a bigger site but are still new there.

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