scary mum wrote:
I imagine if your DC qualified and if there are no catchment restrictions it kind of goes without saying that there simply weren't enough spaces for all who qualified. Presumably the admissions criteria state that the places will be allocated in order of score.
Yes that is exactly what happens here in Gloucestershire. If your child achieved a qualifying score but didn't get a place, that is because s/he didn't qualify highly enough to reach the cut-off. I am not sure the LA need to give you any more detail than that - it happens to lots of children every year I think, or they get a GS lower in the 'pecking order' than the one they hoped for. Different system in Bucks for example where all passers get a place - here it is those with the highest scores who are given priority in allocations.