I was helping out at a school event last evening and my heart sank at the way some children and parents had no idea about the application process. I blame the school (primary) for it. True, the parents should do their research, but not all of them are going to (they might not realise that they need to) and it's the children who will miss out. There should have been a meeting for parents to explain the process and the key dates. I heard things like
1. I'll first apply for School A, and if I don't get in then I'm going to try School B.
2. What test?
3. Watford Grammar is too hard, so we're just applying to Parmiters.
I wonder how many children are missing out because of schools like ours.