I am glad that they have sent the letter as the initial letter sent in mid-October, was, in my opinion, confusing.
Combating misinformation is always incredibly difficult - I still know parents who are convinced that the grammar schools offer sibling priority, or offer places to children from independent schools first. Neither of these are true, of course.
Placing a copy of their Q&A on this matter into the envelopes in October, would have been very useful: http://www.schoolsofkingedwardvi.co.uk/ ... licy-faqs/
I have spoken to a significant number of parents who did not even know that the 'qualifying mark' related to PP children and mistakenly thought that their child, on 203, for example, would now have KE Five Ways place - when they were not even PP eligible in any case. Sadly this will have led in some cases to 'false' celebration and a lack of knowledge/understanding of the options available before the CAF forms were completed.
There are also parents whose children are eligible for PP and they in many cases believe that their child will definitely have a school place if they have achieved the 'qualifying mark'.
I have tried to explain before on the forum that this is not necessarily the case - 20% of places (25% in the case of KE Aston which already has almost 20% PP pupils in any case) will be awarded to PP pupils in order of score until that percentage is filled. Some of these PP pupils will have achieved very high scores and would have received a place in any case.
The qualifying mark is merely there to explain that even if a school does not fill its 20% quota
, it will still not offer a place to a PP child below that mark.