we didn't say as such. I have no idea how they decide who goes where but sense doesn't seem to play a part really. For instance in my DS1's class, 4 boys have the same first name. with 100+ boys there's going to be duplication, but I think there's only one or 2 others with this name so you'd have thought they'd share them out. Boys come from over 60 primaries so most don't know anyone. In my boy's case, they put one other child in from his primary, put the other 2 from school in diff classes and then when one got in on appeal (never took the place up) put him in with one of the other 2. My boy and his best friend are both sad not to be together. They've both made lots of friends but just miss each other. If it really is important to you, I'd let the school know now, because they'll be divvied up by the time you go in the summer - to the June meeting. They wouldn't change our boys when we asked later in the summer term claiming to have done all their class lists etc. Also, if you have a really strong preference for which language they learn (2 classes do French, one German, one Spanish, and then you pick up your second choice in Y8) then specify that early as the class he is in dictates which language you get.
In the end it's all 6 of one, half a dozen of another etc and really we left the school to it. But they do stay with the same class group through to Y11 (which I, frankly, think is a real shame - it's something which put me off Pates and then I find it applies here, too, I have the feeling that the head of Y7 thinks the same thing but it is only my interpretation!). If your surname is in the bottom 8 or 9 then you will mix with another group for some tech stuff as tech is taught in splits of 6 from the 4 classes, but cut off at an alphabet placing somewhere, so the top two thirds stay together, and the bottom third goes and mixes. Games is mixed in that 2 classes play tog, but always the same pairing (yup, again, my boy and his chum don't get to be together
). The good thing about having a good friend in another class though is that it speeds up making friends in that class as they can mix with each other.
The uniform timing will be decided alphabetically so it all streams smoothly rather than everyone arriving at the same time and then having to wait. It's all quite slick and quick that bit.
I can't stress enough about getting onto the bus company. The buses are full and children who are already there (in our case shared with Denmark Rd) get priority and Y7 pick up the spaces left over from Y11 leaving. You do need to get on that list if it's applicable. At least that is the case for the Bennets coaches going from the race course. It may be different elsewhere.