Schools themselves are unable to offer places, only the lea can do that.
The LEA offers places in the first instance. But GSs have offered places after the reconsideration process if they have not reached their allocated admission number.
I would suggest if your child has scored reasonably well in the test but is a few points short of the pass mark, put the Grammar School choice first. Then put your school preferences in order. On allocation day if you DC has not reached qualifying score you will not
be allocated a GS place but should be told why not. My DS (who was one point under) had the reason "the 97 children who achieved the qualifying score have been allocated places" - ie we then knew the GS did not reach allocated admittance number so guessed we "might" have a chance for a successful appeal. We accepted Comp offer (WHICH YOU MUST DO
) but asked LEA for reconsideration for GS. They replied on Friday with "no" (because he hadn't reached qualifying score) but then on Tuesday we received a letter from GS offering him a place.
Allocating schools is a time consuming process - ie. 1) you send your choices to LEA. 2) LEA allocate places 3) you then either accept place offered /accept but would like reconsideration for another school / or reject the place offered (not recommended
). 4) Lea then have to reshuffle those who want reconsideration. Then if you are still not happy you have to appeal directly to the school you wanted.
During the reconsideration process, if your DC passed the test but did not initially receive an offer of a GS place - they could this time
Good luck to one and all now "that date" is drawing near
Thanks Cazien and well done your ds for achieving his place.
The thing I'm stuck on is, I get that if you don't get in say the top 120 you are just given a standardised score. If there isn't a published passmark, how do you know if they are just one point short. I suppose also you've no way of knowing just how many other dc's are one point short as well, so it's all a bit pointless giving out the mark.
Take your point kenyancowgirl, I was just assuming you are "safe" if you are top 120. The school ds is trying for has I think 115 places, so therefore the other 5 would be disappointed.
I think you've answered that DC.
This is probably all academic though as he's only scoring 66-70% on Bond. Even taking into account the age standardisation (just turned 10) I think it's a non-starter.