madmum77 - having read the boys' school admission policy, it looks to me as though they only tell the top 174 that they are "A" http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/devonport_hi ... policy.pdf
they have to have:
Candidates who achieve a qualifying GLAss
mark# equal to or higher than that of the
174th candidate, and a qualifying score in the
DHSB English paper (# scores that exceed
the 75th percentile score, as notified by
Presumably the only problem is if there are 25 people exactly equivalent to the 174th place
That information is unfortunately misleading and out of date. It is based on the situation before the rule changes - it even has the exam dates as January 2013! This is what would have happened had the rules not changed.
The fact that this outdated stuff is still available speaks volumes about just how well PCC have controlled and introduced a new system. For one thing, informing the top 174 of 'qualified' would be illegal. The A and B is the old system and denotes what DHSB return to the LEA for the LEA to make allocations (remember in the old system DHSB would get a list of CAF applicants THEN return that list with the A or B). As I understand it this year qualified means that you have reach an acceptable standard in the english composition and that if you are in the top 174 on the standardized GLA's you will be offered a place. I assume the waiting list criteria remains the same:Those students who have a GLAss standardised score in the top 25% but who have not qualified
because their score is below that of the 174th candidate may request to be on our waiting list.
and the waiting list people will be included in qualified. Although the 25% bit does not make sense to me, 25% of 350 is a lot less than 174??? In fact I fail to see how a simple percentage could ever be of value? Anyone understand this?
For my part, this year, I am concentrating on the girls results, hopefully next year when I am on the boys side of the fence the murk will have cleared somewhat!