Essex Girl wrote:
As I believe I or someone has said before in this forum, Essex made a right mess of it last year, when the new system came in. What really got my goat though was that although we had applied via our council, Essex, our first choice was in the Southend area and it would have been nice to have had a reply from Southend. even to say "no". In the event, we had to phone up both Essex and Southend education authorities to see where our child was on the waiting lists, etc. The whole thing was extremely stressful and I just hope that they don't make such a pigs ear of it this year. Those of you who are regular on this site will have seen postings of the situations that occurred in Essex. like children being offered two schools and one even having a grammar school place taken away the day after the offer was received in the post (yes, they are allowed to do it).
Whatever you do, check your allocations with the appropriate authority and if you don't get the school you want on the first day of allocations, then you just might get a letter the day after. If you are offered both a comp and a grammar and you wanted the grammar, then I advise you to accept the grammar and decline the comp, both in writing, at the same time and do not question your better allocation, as you may find that they take it away again because they've made a mistake. Personally, I believe they got themselves into such a mess last year that the mistakes they made were not fully rectified and, yes, this means that there may well be some pupils in grammars when they should have got comp places and vice versa. BE WARNED
I have read what a mess they made of it last year and I must admit I am a bit worried about what will happen this year and whether it will be my child that is affected!
Does anyone know if the letter is just one single piece of paper or is it a pack? If it is either, does that mean the single letter is a "no"? If anyone knows the answer I would love to know.