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National allocation day 2020 - what time do they send the email?

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UncleMatthewsEntrenchingTool Mon 24-Feb-20 22:39:34

NAD is 2 March, does that mean they send the email at midnight just as it turns 2 March? Is it even sent at midnight? Anyone know?

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TalaxuArmiuna Mon 24-Feb-20 22:40:30


Blurpblorp Mon 24-Feb-20 22:43:48


Sweetnhappy1 Mon 24-Feb-20 22:46:18

Different parts of the country are different. London was 5pm last year but some parts of the country were midnight.

Sotiredofthislife Mon 24-Feb-20 23:13:31

For my first child it was midnight, my second three years later it was about 8am and who knows this time?!

Tinty Mon 24-Feb-20 23:15:05

5 years ago now but we got the email at 9.15, just after DD had gone to school.

xyzandabc Mon 24-Feb-20 23:15:47

Oxfordshire here and we got an email today to say the offer email would be sent out between 3am and 2pm on allocations day.

PhonicTheHedgehog Tue 25-Feb-20 00:06:32

London is from 5 pm this year too. I think you can login at 5pm and find out but you may not get the email until later.

QuarterMileAtATime Tue 25-Feb-20 09:10:39

Don't expect it until 5pm to save yourself going mad grin What phonic says rings most true in my experience (in London area)

HighRopes Tue 25-Feb-20 09:12:57

London is after 5.00 on the app and website, but the actual email comes through much later- ours arrived after lunch on the day after allocations day.

UncleMatthewsEntrenchingTool Tue 25-Feb-20 09:31:27

Thanks all, I might stay up to midnight, it looks like I can go on the app, if it’s not there I’ll have to try and sleep!

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meditrina Tue 25-Feb-20 09:49:45

It depends on your borough.

As PP said, for the pan-London area (all London boroughs plus Surrey) allocations go live at 5pm (ish) on the website, and the emails are sent out through the evening, starting at 5pm.

It's done that way deliberately, so that a) it's during otherwise quiet hours (there's a huge volume to get through) and b) so that those disappointed with their allocations have a few hours enforced cooling off time before they hit the phones.

TalaxuArmiuna Tue 25-Feb-20 10:22:19

No point staying up till midnight though. It's not as if you can do anything about it at that time. I shall be aiming to cultivate a zen-like calm (will have reserves of gin available if that fails)

my2bundles Tue 25-Feb-20 11:01:39

It depends on the area, some also send them out in blocks over the while day. Last year tne email came through at 12.30 am but some people in the same area got theirs in tne afternoon.

Sotiredofthislife Sun 01-Mar-20 00:39:33

Not had the email but by 12:20am, the info was available in our online account. Got our first choice. Relief all round. Good luck everyone!

Rain1975 Sun 01-Mar-20 07:12:17

Leicestershire we got our email just after midnight 😁

winniethekid Sun 01-Mar-20 07:25:16

Midnight each time, you don't need to wait for the email,though, you can log in and view the offer

Juliette20 Sun 01-Mar-20 07:25:35

Emails after 4pm, login after 5pm in my area.

AHippoNamedBooBooButt Sun 01-Mar-20 07:28:41

Kent is 4pm
We only applied for 1 school which is our closest so cannot see any reason why ds wont be allocated it. Good luck to everyone else though, in hope you all get your first choices

TalaxuArmiuna Sun 01-Mar-20 07:31:35

good luck too @AHippoNamedBooBooButt - unfortunately applying to only your closest school is no guarantee if that school is oversubscribed and you aren't on the doorstep. but fingers crossed all will be ok.

MarchingFrogs Sun 01-Mar-20 09:37:54

We only applied for 1 school which is our closest so cannot see any reason why ds wont be allocated it.

Not knowing your particular school's admissions policy or how far up the criteria your DS is ranked according to it, but in general terms, I can think of some scenarios where a school being the closest to a home address would not be a guarantee of a place, I'm afraid. Naming only one school is usually regarded as a risky strategy, so I do hope that you had advice from a suitable source before adopting it.

AHippoNamedBooBooButt Sun 01-Mar-20 10:01:27

We're in a grammar town and we've selected a comprehensive which isn't outstanding but is good and we really thought it suited ds. Fwiw, if we had put down a second choice it wouldve been the school I work in (our second closest comp) so I'm aware of how the admissions work.
Schools round here are all oversubscribed but that's because of all the house building without the infrastructure. The kids have to go somewhere so the schools have to take them whether they have space or not

Ellle Sun 01-Mar-20 14:27:05

We already know the results here (Leicestershire). We didn't get the email but friends started asking what school our son got offered, so I logged online and the result was there.

Maranello4 Sun 01-Mar-20 14:34:38

It depends - we’re in Kent and some people received an email in the morning. We were told it would be 4pm, I received my email at 6.30pm.

WhatAGreatDay Sun 01-Mar-20 17:17:55

London is available online at exactly 5pm (never earlier). The email can take hours to arrive, even the next day so I wouldn't wait for the email.

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