scary mum wrote:
I thought they didn't know where you put them on the list? I thought you could go on any waiting list for any school & the over subscription criteria then applied? Not that I know about Slough, but it sounds odd to me.
Edited to add (from Langley Grammar website):
A waiting list will be held for all those applicants who score 111 and above but who may not offered a place initially due to over-subscription. This waiting list will operate until the end of December 2014.
Applicants who live outside the Admission Area and who are eligible for consideration on the basis of their score in the Consortium 11+ test will be offered places only if there are spaces available after all applicants residing within the Admission Area have been considered and the last applicants from the waiting list allocated places.
So, yes, unlikely to get a place from outside the area, but not due to not putting them first.
Looking at their Admission Area, it includes TW3, TW4 and TW5 - do these cover Hounslow?
Technically, I suppose the reason the OP's niece wasn't offered a place at Langley was because she was allocated a place at a school her parents had indicated to be a higher preference; only the school or the LA can say whether she would have been high enough up the list to have been offered a place when the school ranked applications initially, or whether she would have been turned down due to oversubscription. That would seem to be the issue on which eligibility for the waiting list hinges ( it certainly can't legally be what position the school was put on the CAF).