A friend of ours is very stressed as their DD is on the reserve list at Frances Holland...she has called the school and is advised to sit tight until Monday....but as the acceptance dates at the other schools is Wed noon time is short...she wants to know so she can switch to second choice etc...if needed...
I have a daughter in Yr11 at Francis Holland, NW1. I do remember the process very well and like some parents on here, feeling distraught at not getting the school we wanted. DD had three firm offers at 11 (one from another north london consortium school and the other two from other indies), but was put on the waiting list at FHS.
From what I remember, results came out on a Thurs and I called the school on the following Mon. I was advised to wait until the Thursday and on the Thursday we got the place. From my experience and speaking to other parents if you are told to wait at FHS, this means you are usually quite far up the list and your friend will more than likely get the place. I did feel that calling the school ( and I recall calling every day !!) did help in getting the offer- so its a good idea to keep calling. A friend of mine whose daughter was on the waiting list some years back was told by the school that she was far down the list and never got in, so I do think they are quite transparent. My youngest DD was also put on a waiting list two years ago for another school and got offered a place about a week after offers were sent, so lists do move ( albeit rather slowly for those waiting)! I do know of a few parents who did not let offers go until the last minute even when they knew which offer they were going to accept, so places do become available way past the deadline. Congrats to everyone on here whose DC have got into schools of their choice. For those on waiting lists who are despairing at the moment, (like I did with both my DC), it is worth holding out until just before the deadline.
After getting in through the waiting list at FHS my DD scraped through Yr7+8, performing quite badly in the end of year exams. She was very shy with very little confidence and towards the bottom end of the scale academically in terms of the girls in her Year. FHS, like most schools has its faults (and we have definitely had our ups and downs) but it is the most wonderful school in terms of getting the best out of its girls. My DD has grown into a confident, articulate young woman who is now at the top end of her year group academically. She will be leaving FHS at the end of the summer after winning a scholarship place at Latymer Upper. I am in no doubt, that the ethos and teaching at FHS has had a large part to play in this and I am sure that she will miss the school.
I am positive that having had to wait for the place ( and we were distraught at the time!) taught DD to refocus and become a resilient, adaptable and independent learner. Interestingly, some of those girls at 11 that got straight offers ( some with academic scholarships) are still at the age of 16 being tutored excessively in most, if not all subjects! I do feel the 11+ system is an unfair system on both parents and children and I just wanted to give those waiting for a place a little bit of encouragement. Good Luck to everyone waiting and if anyone needs any further info on FHS,NW1 please let me know.