future = your description of the LEA admission's process made me smile
- how quaint!
It still surprises me that parents believe that there is some complicated process behind the allocation - there is to a degree, but it's now all down to computer power. I was trying to remember the name of the BBC documentary series about the 11+ in Birmingham which illustrated it more clearly... once all the data is uploaded (and mostly the parents are helping to do this by completing their allocations online) literally the night before allocations day, they set the programme to 'GO' and voila! the next day the allocations appear. In Herts, the headteachers have the list beforehand to error check it (eg. in the case of twins or siblings, or that children haven't been missed off). Then we hear. Mercifully few real papers are actually exchanged!