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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 2:58 pm 
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Trying to understand the catchment rules for Bucks.

Am I correct in thinking that places are given to the residents of Bucks first for GS schools and then offered to the out-of-district people. In this case is there any point in trying?

I have tried to perform a search and read the criteria however, perhaps I am panicking, but does seem different every time I read it.

We currently live in Watford and have managed to register for the bucks test but now wondering if its worth it. If i have a minimum chance then why not just give DS a rest?

With kind regards, SK.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 6:44 pm 
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If your DS achieved the qualifying score for Bucks (121) then you would be offered a place at Chesham Grammar if previous years are anything to go by. Chesham traditionally is "all offered" and usually is not even full. This isn't because it is a poor school (far from it!) but is a geographical thing - it is on the edge of Bucks so people have a choice of other types of school. I would have thought your DS would be unlikely to be offered a place t other grammars but here have been years when strange thins have happened. Places are usually allocated on distance if a child is qualified (in catchment followed by out of catchment).


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 7:41 pm 
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It depends year to year on the cohort. 3 kids in our area got admission in Becky high which is abt 10 to 11 miles as the crow flies. U never know - as long as you know how they will finally get to school and back everyday.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:42 pm 
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Ave you seen the allocation profiles fom the last few years?

http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/school ... n-profiles

The only way to be (fairly) sure is to go for one which is always "all offered". And as mentioned, consider transport.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:13 am 
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scary mum wrote:
Ave you seen the allocation profiles fom the last few years?

http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/school ... n-profiles

The only way to be (fairly) sure is to go for one which is always "all offered". And as mentioned, consider transport.


I had not seen this, so thank you. It does seem our options are limited to Chesham GS. There are few possibles however it depends I guess on how many kids are in the catchment area.

Thank you for you help, it does seem we have nothing taking the test.


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