My DD got a score of 212 in the Bexley test - 4 under the pass mark - but the letter from Bexley council said that for the 2016 intake, Townley Grammar was able to offer places to girls who were 'just under' the pass mark so still put Townley on the list if we want to go there.
Does anyone here have any experience of what that pass mark was for the 2016 intake?
I need to complete the CAF shortly and wonder if it's worth keeping Townley on the list. It was my first choice if she had passed but I don't want to put it top of my list and possibly lose a space at an outstanding state school waiting for a GS place that may never materialise.
We live in Greenwich and, according to Google Maps, are less than 4 miles away. A current Year 8 student lives 2 doors down and got in with the minimum pass mark for her year, 215, so I assume we are in the catchment area.
If you put Townley first and the comprehensive (grammars are state schools too) second, assuming that you would rank highly enough against the admissions criteria for the comprehensive to be sure of a place, the outcomes vis a vis the two would be:
Place offered at Townley
Place offered at comprehensive, put on waiting list for Townley.
You only 'lose' a place at a school you ranked lower down on your CAF by being offered a place at a school you named as a higher preference. But if you get your higher preference, it doesn't matter that you won't get an offer from your lower preference, does it, because you got something that you would rather have instead
Don't try to second guess the allocations system. It makes no value judgement, it just assumes you meant what you said you wanted in the order you ranked your preferences.