That is really helpful. Thank you! I feel so lost. What would happen in a situation, say, where maybe 300 took the exam, there are 112 places, and let's say 150 pass. If the whole 150 are from the catchment area, then how do they decide who gets in? Is it ranked order acc to score? And, if several boys get a similar score, then how do they differentiate? I am just trying to understand all this and I feel like I have so many questions. I live in Bowerham, so right in the catchment area. Thanks
I suspect that demographically that just doesn't happen (same here in Skipton). They know how many kids are in the birth cohort for the year in the catchment - doesn't vary hugely from year to year. Then the pass mark will be set and they will take a proportion - usually something like 15-25% - whatever is set for the school. You are never going to get 50% being eligible for a place.
I talked to the school once about the admissions and the upshot is that what it says on the website is true - if they pass and are in catchment (which fortunately you are
) then they are in... of course the sting in the tail is that they do have to pass and it may only be that 15% pass ..I am not sure of the cut off level.