it was valuable to read all your posts as I am in a similar position as Gringo64 and I feel a bit lost at the moment. My DD passed NS and we were over the moon, but then realised that her score might not be high enough to get in after all. After having looked at last year's results, I feel the chances to get in are quite slim to be honest. My poor DD is quite frustrated, calls herself a failure etc
. NS is definitely still our favourite school, but I am wondering whether putting it down as no1 could risk not getting our 2nd choice which is a local, but often oversubscribed, comprehensive. If she doesn't get in at NS (as our no 1), have we missed our chance at the local comprehensive (our no 2) because all those who put that school as no 1, get their place first? How does the allocation process actually work? Does the local authority inform all
the schools on our list (without telling them the preference) and all those schools get back to them with either a YES or a NO and we are then offered a place at the school with the highest preference and a YES? I am grateful for any advice.