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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:14 pm 
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Does anyone know what happens, if you first choice TGS, as you think you are above the cut off point in the catchment area, for this super selective, (above previous years) but the level rises, would you default to your 2nd choice say Weald. Or, if Weald is full, would you potentially not get a place at all?

lots of if's I appreciate


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:19 pm 
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If you are not eligible for your first choice then it will be discounted and your second choice will be treated as your first, if you are eligible for your second choice then you will get a place.

You do not miss out on a school because you put it second (if that is your concern)?


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:41 pm 
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Ah - that was my concern -

The score is 377, so would "pass" in previous years, but then if the bar was raised, I was fearful that we would miss that chance, and then our second choice, might be treated as a second round etc and become full.

But if they ignore your incorrect first choice then that is less strategic.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:32 pm 
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As far as I understand they put all your choices against the schools and you get the highest on your list assuming you qualify for at least one. So, if you were eligible for all 4 you’d get your first choice, if eligible for 2, 3 and 4 you’d get 2 etc. Hope that makes sense. They stopped the first choice system a few years ago thank goodness!


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:38 am 
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This is how it is described in the Kent CC Secondary Admissions booklet, accessed from the Kent CC website (apologies for the formatting :) ):

Kent County Council will tell Secondary schools who has
applied for places and provide them with any information
that has been submitted on the child’s SCAF. Schools are
not told whether parents named them first, second, third or
fourth on the SCAF.
Each school will look at all their applications and draw up a
rank order based on their oversubscription criteria to decide
who will get places. Oversubscription criteria are a set of rules
which a school uses to place children into priority order, or
rank, if it receives too many requests for the places that it has
available. This means, for example, that if how close children
live to the school is an important factor, the children who live
closest are most likely to be offered places.
The order you name the schools in only matters if more than
one of them could offer your child a place. If this happens,
we will look back at your preferences and offer whichever of
them you named highest on the form. The unused offer for
the lower preference school(s) will then be offered to a child
that was ranked lower on that school’s list.
(If you have named a Grammar school on your Secondary
Common Application Form, and that Grammar school has
too many applications from suitable candidates, it may not be
possible to offer you a place there, even if your child has done well
enough in the Kent Test to qualify for a Grammar school place.
If this happens, you will be offered the highest available of your
remaining preferences, even if that is not a Grammar school.)
If none of your preferred schools can offer you a place
because there were other children who had a greater
eligibility for the place(s) than your child when the
oversubscription criteria were applied, Kent County Council
will allocate an alternative school that has available places.
Whilst this school may not be one of your preferences, Kent
County Council has a legal obligation to offer every child a
school place. Kent County Council will try to make this the
nearest school to your home with available places. This school
may be some distance from your home as Kent County
Council can only offer a place from a school that has spaces
remaining once all other applications have been considered.
The allocation that is made will not take into account any of
your child’s individual circumstances or your preferences for a
particular type of school e.g. a church school, size of school,
childcare facilities or travelling arrangements.


https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/school-places/secondary-school-places#tab-2

(Other LAs publish their own version of exactly the same information)

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