Even the Head at Ribston said that for the past three years, they haven't turned anyone away who has put Ribston as the first choice. Err, well, I didn't.
Ah, I suspect what she means is everyone whose first Effective
choice was Ribston. If you put it as second choice, with Hsfg as 1st, and get a high enough score for HSFG, then, surprise, surprise, you won't get allocated Ribston. If you didn't get enough for HSFG, then Ribston becomes 1st choice and you get that.
That's not the same as saying "if you put Ribston second, then you'll be lower down the pecking order than if you put it first". for the last 3 years, I understand that Ribston has given a place to every child with a qualifying score who wanted a place.
This used to be a problem with St Peters, who insisted that they would ceonly consider children who put them as first choice. Some children who wanted a grammar but needed St Peters as a back up had to put it first, then got allocated it and not the grammar - which they then had to appeal,for despite having a high enough pass
. That Does Not Happen now. If there was evenmamhint of it, I, as would many others would complain,to the Secretary of State, and my MP. It would also be an immediate automatic win at an appeal, as they school would not have followed the admissions guidelines.