That's very interesting. I wonder if they are holding some places for the appeals.
What happens if they still have places left after the appeals? Do they go on to allow those slightly below the pass mark in, say 209 or 208 until the numbers are full or do they just start the Autumn term a few short? Capers can you enlighten us on this point please?
Any news on Ribston anyone?
Appeals and waiting lists are totally separate, and likewise, the waiting list can not include any children who did not pass the test. Therefore if there are still spaces to fill at the school, there is no waiting list.
Schools are not allowed to 'hold places for the appeals'. They have to fill all places with children who have passed the test, starting with the highest scoring and working down to those who just scraped a pass.
They are also not allowed to offer places to those who did not pass - it's either pass and get a place, or not pass and don't get a place. The pass mark is not variable.
Some schools may end up with lots of unfilled places (this has happened at Ribston for the last couple of years) because not enough children passed. The only way to get one of these places is to convince the panel that there was a good reason your child didn't pass, and that they would not struggle in a grammar environment. It may be, however, that if there are loads of spare places, as opposed to the school being oversubscribes and trying to get a place over the PAN/IAN, that the panel might be slightly easier to convince. But they still would not allow an 'average' child in who would struggle!