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 Post subject: CAF form guidance
PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 5:45 am 
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I am still slightly confused on how the waiting list works.

So if I have the preference of schools in order like A, B, C, D, E and F.
On 1st March, if I get an offer from say B, i hope i will be in the waiting list for A.......my question is will we be still in the waiting list for C, D, E and F. So that if we need to change our mind for any reason in between now and 1st March then we get an opportunity to correct our decision?
We are OOC to all our preferred schools so we wont be sure till 1st March which school we get.


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 Post subject: Re: CAF form guidance
PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 5:48 am 
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No, you will not be on the waiting list of C onwards. But you can request to go on their wait list after the allocation day.


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 Post subject: Re: CAF form guidance
PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:42 am 
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Always put the schools in the order you want them.

You will only be offered a school if it is your higher preference, not the other way around.

If you find yourself surprised to be eligible for a school you did not expect then you can only be offered then you will be eligible iff it is a higher preference on your list.

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 Post subject: Re: CAF form guidance
PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 12:12 pm 
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tiffinboys wrote:
No, you will not be on the waiting list of C onwards. But you can request to go on their wait list after the allocation day.


Thanks.
So if I go for the waiting list and in few weeks we get thru can we then reject the 1st offer and go for the second?


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 Post subject: Re: CAF form guidance
PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 12:23 pm 
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If you get offer from other schools, you would accept that and decline the earlier offer.

But it would be lot less hassle if you carefully decide your true order of preference before submitting CAF.


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 Post subject: Re: CAF form guidance
PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 3:11 pm 
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It is best not to decline anything unless or until you have a new offer from the waiting list of the school you had changed your mind about wanting a place at.
Otherwise you would risk ending up with no offer of a school place at all in the event that the waiting list you joined didn't move or didn't move quite enough.

As tiffins says though, waiting lists are not for the faint-hearted!
They don't start moving until everyone has declined or accepted their March offers (and they have to chase people up for this - they don't just whisk their place away of they don't bother replying). That can take weeks.
They tend to come to a grinding halt over Easter and half term and of course over summer.
You might end up with a waiting list offer after the school has done induction days and uniform sale days which can leave your child feeling upset or left out or worried.
They are a glimmer of hope for many people who would otherwise not get an offer and people in that position can just about tolerate the stress for the prospect of a happy outcome. However, it would be crazy to deliberately leave yourself at the mercy of waiting lists if you have the chance before then to really think about which school you like best and potentially get a straight forward offer in March.


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 Post subject: Re: CAF form guidance
PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:15 pm 
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Thanks Loopylou and Tiffinboys.
After the allocation day can I then request to be in the waiting list to a completely new school for which my DD did qualify but was not in our earlier 6 choices in the CAF form?


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 Post subject: Re: CAF form guidance
PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:38 pm 
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After the allocation day can I then request to be in the waiting list to a completely new school for which my DD did qualify but was not in our earlier 6 choices in the CAF form?


I am not sure why you want to do that ?
You list 6 schools on the CAF then you go on the waiting list for a 7th school , that suggests that your prefrence is not correct. The CAF system is designed such that you will be allocated a places which takes your preference into account.
Putting school B in to 2nd does not prejudice your chance of getting into school A which may be your 1st choice. The schools do not know your preference when they receive your application via the CAF system as such they assign places based on the admission criteria only.

There is an excellent diagram on this site which shows how the system works.
viewtopic.php?f=30&t=28833

As far as I understand, you can contact the 7th school and ask to go on the list.


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 Post subject: Re: CAF form guidance
PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:16 pm 
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Mamu, you have commented elsewhere that you are OOC for all the schools that you are interested in. This is a rather risky strategy a) with the possibility that you get none of your choices, but also b) if the school that you are allocated is nowhere near the school(s) you go on the waiting list for, you run the risk of having to move house at the drop of a hat if the waiting list place comes up. When our DD was offered an in-year place at her current grammar school, we had three days to respond to the offer and she was expected to start at her new school three days after that deadline. Is it really not possible for you to decide on a school / area and stick to that?

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 Post subject: Re: CAF form guidance
PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 1:43 pm 
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newdud wrote:
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After the allocation day can I then request to be in the waiting list to a completely new school for which my DD did qualify but was not in our earlier 6 choices in the CAF form?


I am not sure why you want to do that ?


Not everyone is having luxury of 6 choices on CAF form :( . Unfortunately, we have option of only 4 choices .... and I had exactly the same question.


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