Fewer children in Aylesbury Vale qualified - remember AHS had/have a number of places (20 or so) in Y7 which I can't remember happening for sometime.
Yes, there were fewer qualified in Aylesbury Vale overall, which makes it even more puzzling that there were so many applications for RLS compared to the year before. After all, fewer in-catchment qualified applicants would mean more places for OOC applicants. Perhaps there were a lot of OOC siblings this year, or maybe it's simply that those from MK who would have applied for SHF or other schools in Aylesbury have opted for RLS instead - the old playground grapevine at work again?
Presumably some of the 41 applicants are from MK and, if their appeal fails, at least have the option of one of numerous vacant places in Aylesbury grammars.
As I understand it, there are even buses laid on!