According to one of the deputy headteachers, the computer selects applicants that place RGS as first choice on the CAF and ranks this list first. If this doesn't fill up the 165 places it then moves on to applicants placing RGS as their second choice.
The above process described by the deputy is not permitted under the school admissions code and would be unlawful. - All schools must follow the equal preference system and this process is described in the Medway admissions booklet.http://www.medway.gov.uk/es/secondary_b ... sion-2.pdf
Equal preference scheme and making your preferences
For all schools listed your child will be ranked according to the oversubscription criteria - these are detailed on each individual school information page - and this ranking will not be affected by the preference position it is on your preference form. However, when allocating a place we will offer the school listed highest on your form where a place can be offered. You should therefore list the schools in your preferred order. When making your preferences you will need to look carefully at whether the school has been oversubscribed in the past and what oversubscription criteria you meet, page 8 has details of this. Do not make assumptions about the criteria and refer to the school pages for the details.
For each appropriate school listed on your secondary transfer form your child will be ranked (this means put in priority order). If a school is undersubscribed (less applications than places) then all those listing it will be eligible for a place. If a school is oversubscribed (more applications than places) then the oversubscription criteria will be used and places offered to children highest on the list until the admission number is reached.
You should list the schools in your true order of preference. If anyone is in any doubt you can contact the LEA for guidance - ask to speak to a Choice Advisor.