Hmmm. Perhaps they had the qualifying score. Don't forget, some children didn't get in even though they achieved the qualifying mark of 225, because the cut off distance was 1.017 miles. That must be awful!
It's a possibility we don't know the full facts
Having posted last night I re-read the letter and the Redbridge book and I believe I am incorrect on a couple of points!
I thought they held back places for the late testers (would make sense to me) but it appears they don't!! They must be relying on the 120 not taking all the places, perhaps this always happens! I guess as it's the council if they messed up in some way they could always increase the class sizes.
Anyway, maybe I'm being slightly dim here, but I thought that your rank order was based on both your standardised score and distance. Surely if it were based solely on standardised score, my daughter would be in joint 121st or 122nd position (right after the 225ers) and alongside x other pupils with the same mark.
This makes a lot of sense, perhaps I was reading the letter a little too strictly in that they go at great lengths to say the waiting list is standardised score and then a tiebreak for distance. I would have assumed that if that were already taken into account in the ranking then they would just say that. It could be that this is just poorly written and it equates to how you understand it of course and I am completely confused
Where is your son going in September then?
Good question, we have a Scholarship for Bancrofts but it still leaves a big dent in the finances, we are not rich by any standards.
I had to turn down Forest on Friday, which was a bit of a downer. If only I could win the lottery! Anyway, my daughter has got a place at a good local comp.
I am sorry to hear that. I am glad you do at least have a good local comp. We don't, hence our rather stressed state at the moment.
Did you send your son to the 'tuition centre'? (I'm sure you know the one I mean).
No, he had private tuition with a very good lady who does very well with getting kids through.