They can only allocate places to those in the specified parishes because they must abide by the published over-subscription criteria. But surely if someone lives in Maidstone they will be in one of the specified parishes, unless there has been an admin cock-up somewhere?
My parish is not listed even though we live in a suburb of Maidstone. Was not too keen on Oakwood but that may have been due to the chaos of an open evening. Running through all options tonight with the news so close.
I have found some schools to be quite happy to provide info even how far they went on allocation while others school secretaries are utterly rude.
I've rang two schools and one couldn't do enough to help, the other was rude!! Not a good impression to give to a prospective parent.......
Thanks both for your input.