I was chatting to an acquaintance today and her daughter is due to start at KE Handsworth in Sept. She was telling me that it is inadvisable to put 2 KE schools 1st and 2nd on the LEA pref. form. She said she's heard from others that the Foundation apparently only consider you for the highest ranked school. Seems absurd to me but does anyone know if there's any truth in this?
It is the LEA which consider your child for the schools named on your LEA preference form, not the KE Foundation - the Foundation just let the LEA know how many places are available at each school and send them a ranked list of 11+ results when these are available. Given that the cut off scores for the 5 KE grammar schools are all different, it would depend what order you put them in whether you might be offered your second choice if your child didn't reach the score for your first choice. Eg, if Camp Hill boys was your first choice, Five Ways second, and Aston third, then a boy failing to get a high enough score for CHB might well still score enough for a place at Five Ways or Aston. But if you put Five Ways or Aston first followed by CHB, if he didn't score highly enough for FW/Aston he would then almost certainly not reach the required score for CHB (which is always the highest scoring of the schools). Rather a long winded explanation, I'm afraid, but the LEA do consider your child for each of the schools you have named, in order, and you will be offered a place at the highest one for which your child is qualified, whether by 11+ score, sibling at school, distance from home to school, or whatever - all schools have to publish their entry criteria on the Birmingham LEA website for all to see. Hope this makes sense. It is amazing how people who've actually been through the process still manage to pass on all sorts of misinformation.